Le Havre support Fifa stance

04 September 2009 04:25
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Le Havre have given their backing to Fifa for sending out a strong message over the plundering of young talent.

Chelsea have been banned from registering any new players until 2011 after being found to have broken Fifa regulations when they signed Gael Kakuka from Lens.

Le Havre are unhappy with Manchester United over the way they signed Paul Pogba and have threatened to take the matter to world football's governing body.

Sporting director Alain Belsoeur is glad to see Fifa taking a tough stance with rich clubs who do not bring in players by the proper means.

"It is a very strong decision which shows that a player under contract cannot leave just like that," said Belsoeur.

"The Pogba case is very similar. Manchester United are saying they respected the rules but they did not.

"In Pogba's case, the Federation refused to issue the transfer certificate that he needed to go abroad. Our lawyers are in charge of this and will deal with it in the club's best interests.

Compensation"The problem is English clubs feel those are French rules that do not apply to them when they want to sign a youngster.

"Fifa have just told them they do and sent out a strong signal to the clubs acting like predators which tells them: 'Stop behaving that way, or it will hurt'."

Le Havre have one of the finest football academies in France and have helped to bring through the likes of Lassana Diarra and Steve Mandanda.

Belsoeur continued: "At Le Havre we spend five million euros a year on our academy, which is a lot for a club with a total budget of 25million euros.

"Out of the 25 professional players in our squad, 16 come from our academy. We want that work to be respected.

"If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid for Bayern Munich before the end of his contract, there must be some compensation.

"The same goes for players from academies."

Source: SKY_Sports