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I believe Dave Usher has been bnanging this drum for ages, how the Mancs manage to get the youngsters to sign for them, believe he mentioned it when we lost out to that Cofie, who was at Burnley.

Finally out in the public now.

 

 

Manchester United accused over Federico Macheda deal

 

James Ducker

Manchester United have been accused of “bribing” the parents of Federico Macheda and turning football into a “cattle market”. Claudio Lotito, the Lazio president, is outraged at the manner in which he claims the Barclays Premier League champions lured the Italian teenager to Old Trafford.

 

Macheda announced his arrival in English football on Sunday when the 17-year-old substitute scored a breathtaking stoppage-time winner on his United debut to secure a 3-2 win at home to Aston Villa that returned the club to the top of the table.

 

But while Sir Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo led the tributes to the young striker yesterday, Lotito has called for a change to the rules that prevent Italian clubs from tying a player under the age of 18 to a contract, claiming that United acted unethically when they signed Macheda from Lazio's youth academy in August 2007, the day after his 16th birthday.

 

United said that they would “not dignify such claims with a response” and there are no suggestions of any rule breaking on their part.

 

“It is unthinkable and unacceptable that a 15-year-old should be bought as if we were at a cattle market,” Lotito said. “They get the parents on board, giving them handsome compensation, offering them important jobs, which shouldn't happen, because with a 15-year-old it's unthinkable that a club should give millions of euros to his parents, practically buying the parents, and this is a real problem.

 

“The parents sign on behalf of the players. Normally these are kids who come from not very well-off families and on the back of their economic situation they are incentivised to find alternative economic situations.

 

“We tried in every way to stop Manchester United from taking our players, but the present Italian regulations don't give you any type of defence. We have to be provided with more reliable and concrete rules than those which govern Italian clubs.”

 

The Times

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