FIFA have cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.
The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from the Italian giants.
In May FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United.
But in a statement FIFA confirmed that while United were in the clear of any wrongdoing, they were taking action against Juventus.
“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC.
“We can also confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United,” the statement said.
It added: “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”
Pogba’s move came under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent Mino Raiola would earn some 49 million euros from the deal.
Raiola is suspected of a conflict of interest, as he was at the time agent for Pogba, Juventus and Manchester United.
In May, French website Mediapart, quoting the Football Leaks documents, claimed: “Pogba in reality cost 127 million euros to Manchester United with 49 millions going into Raiola’s pockets and only 78 millions into Juve’s bank account.”
According to the investigative site, Raiola “didn’t appear to let Manchester United know that he was also working for Juventus,” an arrangement that is outlawed under English rules.
Pogba, 24, started his career with United but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.
He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.
Pogba appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.
At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.
He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.
Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Last season he helped propel United to a first ever Europa League title, scoring in his team’s 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on May 25.
Arsenal coach,Emery rates Koscielny’s performance after Qarabag game
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery was full of praise for defender, Laurent Koscielny after he made his long-awaited return from injury in the Gunners’ win over Qarabag on Thursday.
Koscielny has been out of action since May after tearing his Achilles, but started for the first time in seven months at the Emirates.
Arsenal is in the middle of an injury and suspension crises and Emery hinted that Koscielny could be drafted in against Southampton on Sunday depending on how he reacts to his first match in so long.
“We are doing with him our process after the big injury. Today is another step for him, for us,” Metro UK quoted Emery as saying at his post-match press conference.
“We need to know tomorrow and Saturday how he is going to feel after this match to see if he can help us on the pitch on Sunday.
“For Koscielny, it is good he has recovered. When he is coming back like today every supporter is happy, as are the players.
“He can take confidence again, take rhythm and then we are going to continue our process, maybe Sunday. But I want to wait to see how he will feel.”
Europa League: What Mesut Ozil said after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Qarabag FK
Arsenal playmaker, Mesut Ozil has spoken up on his side’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag FK in the Europa League encounter played on Thursday night.
Ozil has missed his side’s last four matches due to a back spasm he sustained few weeks ago.
The 30-year-old returned for Gunners’ 1-0 win over Qarabag, setting up striker, Alexandre Lacazette to score the only goal of the match to give Unai Emery’s side all three points.
The midfielder took to his Twitter page after the match and wrote: “Simple a good feeling,” Ozil tweeted. “Back on the pitch and back with a win.” He accompanied the message with a picture of him and Lacazette.”
Commenting on the post one fan wrote: “Good to see you back Mesut,” while another added: “You came back with an assist and made my day.”
Ozil will hope to lead Arsenal to victory when they tackle Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League.
Europa League: Emery praises Nigerian-born forward after Qarabag game
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has hailed 17-year-old Bukayo Saka for playing “with a very big personality” on his full debut for the Gunners, in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.
Saka made his first start for the Gunners on the left wing and showed plenty of confidence, as he tested goalkeeper Vagner with an early strike from the edge of the box and tried to take on defenders.
The Nigerian-born forward also missed a good chance to score his first Arsenal goal in ths second half.
Saka is the latest youngster to impress Emery during this Europa League group stage, which has also seen good performances by fellow teenagers Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock.
“They show us in every match positive things. And today Saka also, he played with a good performance with a very big personality.
“We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-ones against the opposition.
“Not every action was good for us, but his personality is very important to continue in the second half trying to do one-on-ones and break lines with his quality. He played with a very big personality for the 90 minutes, and with sometimes a good performance. And for him it’s very important for his confidence,” Emery said after the game.
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