The Football Association have found no evidence to support claims by German publication Der Spiegel, that Manchester City made illegal payments to the agent of former academy player Jadon Sancho when he was 14, according to a report from the Times.
It was alleged by Der Spiegel that Manchester City had paid Jadon Sancho’s agent Emeka Obasi £200,000 in 2015, when the player transferred north from Watford. Players under the age of 16 cannot be represented by an agent.
However, according to the Times, the FA have concluded their nine-month investigation into the matter, and as a result, it has been confirmed there was no substance in the claims made by Der Spiegel. It must be noted that football’s governing body have the right to reopen the investigation should new information be presented to them – this is the case with any investigation.
The report from the Times did conclude by stating two other investigations into Manchester City’s practices remain under investigation from the appropriate governing bodies.
Firstly, Premier League are continuing to investigate the club’s conduct regarding the signing of academy players and third-party ownership – an investigation that began in March 2019. In addition, football’s predominant governing body FIFA, are looking into deals involving a number of teenagers signed from abroad.
Since leaving Manchester City, Jadon Sancho has gone from strength to strength, rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after young forwards in world football, following some impressive performances for Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has managed to rack up 30 assists and 18 goals in 69 appearances since leaving Manchester City in 2017.
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