Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

French police question 8-year-old boy for "justifying terrorism"

Read more

FOCUS

35 Basque independence activists face trial in Spain

Read more

ENCORE!

Angoulême comics festival: The power of the pencil

Read more

WEB NEWS

Mexican government declares missing students dead

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

'Snowmageddon' is snow problem for New York

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Libya violence: At least 4 foreigners among those killed in hotel attack

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Mali: 12 people die in suicide attack against MNLA

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Who will follow in Charlie Hebdo's footsteps?'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Searching for a 'blizzard buddy'

Read more

Sir Alex Ferguson defends Man U signing of teenage player

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-11

Alex Ferguson has spoken out to defend Manchester United's conduct in the signing of the young player Paul Pogba and deny claims from the midfielder's former club Le Havre that United had paid the 16-year-old's parents.

REUTERS - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has defended his club against allegations from Le Havre that they illegally poached young French midfielder Paul Pogba.

 

"I think they are always going to bring Manchester United into it because they are the biggest club, without any foundation or knowledge of the situation whatsoever," Ferguson told reporters on Thursday.

 

"There has been a lot of jumping on the bandwagon but I can assure you that Manchester United behave absolutely correctly in all their dealings with young players and their parents."

 

Ferguson said paying a parent in a transfer deal would be the "biggest headache" you could ever have.

 

"This (accusation) was levelled by some frustrated director at the French club and he is now going to have to retract," Ferguson said.

 

"We do it impeccably, what other clubs do is obviously subject to a lot of controversy at the moment but I'm confident of our own club."

 

Chelsea were banned by FIFA last week from operating in the next two transfer windows over their signing of French youngster Gael Kakuta.

 

 

Date created : 2009-09-11

COMMENT(S)