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Kakuta saga stirs things up

September 9, 2009
Gael Kakuta - the man over whom all the controversy started

Gael Kakuta - the man over whom all the controversy started

I get the feeling this one’s going to be around for a long time yet. Joleon Lescott and Manchester City eat your hearts out.

The controversy surrounding the Gael Kakuta affair has definitely had a massive affect on football. After Lens’ complaint to FIFA about Chelsea’s actions, it seems to have given the rest of Europe confidence and knowledge that should the same thing happen to them, i.e. a young talent pinched by a bigger club, they can receive protection from the governing bodies.

The most recent development in the ‘baby farming’ scandal has seen Italian giants Fiorentina launch a complaint to FIFA over Manchester United’s signing of 16-year old central defender Michele Fornasier. The news comes just days after the Frenchmen at Le Havre launched a similar complaint over the signing of Paul Pogba.

United snapped up Fornasier after seeing him perform for Viola in Northern Ireland this summer, and as Italian teams are unable to sign players younger than 18-years old, they had to concede the youngster to the Red Devils. FIFA are currently awaiting documentation from Fiorentina to begin a formal complaint.

Lazio are also pretty miffed that United ‘stole’ Federico Macheda from their hands two years ago, but never conjured up an appeal. They just asked for a change in the regulations, which looks very probable following recent developments.

It would certainly make it a lot fairer for Italian clubs, and other European giants, as they have really no hope of keeping hold of their young stars. The sooner FIFA act, the better in my opinion.

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