PSG Accused Of Racially Profiling Youngsters, Officially Respond To Claims

The recent slew of Football Leaks have been the talk of the footballing world the last few days.

Whether it's been an inquest into Bayern Munich attempting to leave the Bundesliga or Barcelona receiving payments to play their best players, Football Leaks have been bringing the shady side of the beautiful game into light.

However, the latest information regarding an internal incident at PSG could be one of the biggest controversies of all.

It has been claimed that PSG had a racial profiling system in place when it came to signing youth players for nearly five years.

According to AFP, as quoted in The Local, the current Ligue 1 champions are investigating the claims that have been made by MediaPart, who have used documents from the recent Football Leaks.

PSG have addressed the controversy, stating the system had been carried out in secret and PSG management were unaware of the situation.

In France, it is currently illegal to racially profile but PSG's scouts are alleged to have been instructed to note whether the players they were scouting were "French, North American, West Indian or African."

One specific player that has been mentioned is France U-18 international Yann Gboho, who was apparently turned away from the PSG academy aged 13.

According to the documents obtained by MediaPart, PSG scout Serge Fournier gave the current Rennes player excellent ratings in respect to technical ability.

Fournier told MediaPart, as quoted in The Daily Herald, that PSG did not want scouts to recruit "players born in Africa, because one is never certain about their dates of birth."

In the last few years, PSG have used their academy to great effect.

Young French internationals such as Presnel Kimpembe, Cristopher Nkunku and Adrien Rabiot have featured for the current Ligue 1 leaders, among other talents.

Presnel Kimpembe and Adrien Rabiot during the Champions League last season (Credit: PA)
Presnel Kimpembe and Adrien Rabiot during the Champions League last season (Credit: PA)

More and more Football Leaks seem to be coming by the day.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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