FIFA’s investigation into Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United – smoking gun or smoke without fire?

FIFA’s investigation into Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United – smoking gun or smoke without fire?

The big news story in football last week was that FIFA is “investigating” Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United. Having moved for a reported £89.3 million plus bonuses, Pogba became the world’s most expensive footballer in August 2016. Reports surfaced last week that FIFA was looking into fees paid to agent Mino Raiola during the transfer.

But who is doing the investigating, and who is under investigation? What are they looking for and, most importantly, what could be the consequences for the club, player and agent?

Tiran Gunawardena provided an analysis of the events of last week in an article for the Independent. In the article, Tiran explained the true nature of the FIFA Transfer Matching System’s request for information from Manchester United, outlined what powers of investigation it has, and what possible sanctions it could apply to the parties involved.

The article also looked at the bodies who would investigate this matter further should any irregularities be uncovered in either the club’s reporting to FIFA or any of the underlying payments or documents.

The full article can be accessed here.

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