The French football league governing body LFP has fined the current French champions PSG €100,000 over illegal practices when it comes to potential youth signings.
An investigation had been initiated to assess the French side’s way of doing transfers and on Tuesday, the Ligue de Football Professionnel confirmed the hefty fine for the Parisian side.
According to a report by television programme ‘Envoye Special’, the PSG scouts were requested to take note of the ethnicity of players targeted before deciding on their acquisition or not.
The scouts were allegedly asked to choose one of four options: French, North African, black African or West Indian for each player that they monitored.
French football team Paris Saint-Germain was fined €100,000 by the French football league's disciplinary commission on Tuesday for the illegal racial profiling of potential young recruits.https://t.co/xbTHkvB6Sf
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PSG earlier on said that the general management of the club was not aware of the ethnic registration system within the recruitment department.
General manager Jean-Claude Blanc as well as the club’s former sporting director Olivier Letang both gave evidence of the illicit practices to the LFP’s disciplinary committee.
The French club had initiated their own investigation into these illegal practices regarding player-recruitment but was, later on, found that there was no discrimination and had their case closed.
Various members of the club’s staff were cited by LFP and they confirmed the Parisian side will be fined €100,000.
“There is no case of discrimination that can be proved,” said LFP disciplinary commissioner Sebastien Deneux at a press conference.
“It is more a case of individual clumsiness and collective negligence.”
One of the former PSG directors of the training centre between 2013 and 2015, Bertrand Reuzeau was hit with a suspended €10,000 fine by the governing body LFP.
Also ordered to pay fines were the two recruiting agents Marc Westerloppe and Pierre Reynaud, both hit with suspended €5,000 fines, confirmed LFP.
The French capital side are currently on top of the Ligue 1 table and 13 points ahead of second-place Lille with two games in hand.