United leave Le Havre fuming
Red Devils cause uproar with caputre of French teenager
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: 01/08/09 12:12pm
Manchester United have completed the signing of French starlet Paul Pogba, much to Le Havre's dismay.
The Red Devils have beaten Premier League rivals Arsenal to the 16-year-old's signature, but the deal has caused uproar with his former employers.
Le Havre are furious at seeing one of their top talents snatched from under their noses by a European superpower.
The Ligue 2 outfit believed they had an agreement with Pogba which would see him stay in France until at least the end of the 2009/10 campaign.
However, that bond has been broken and the French outfit have called on the football authorities to act in order to prevent similar situations arising in the future.
"Le Havre want to express their indignation at the actions of Manchester United officials and their pursuit of Paul Pogba," read a statement on the club's official website.
"Paul Pogba, his parents and Le Havre were bound to a contract called a 'non-solicitation agreement' from autumn 2006.
"At the end of that contract, the three parties agreed to sign a trainee contract when the player matched certain age and scholarship criteria, taking him through to the end of the 2009/10 season.
"However, the player and his parents have refused to fulfil the agreement because Manchester United have offered big money to the parents to get their son to England.
"While a lot of voices have started to be heard coming out of the EU, governments, Fifa and Uefa against 'minor slave trade', Manchester United have not hesitated to uproot a 16-year-old kid."