Administrator Stan 17,509 Posted March 1, 2019 Administrator Share Posted March 1, 2019 Quote The Football Association are investigating allegations that Chelsea made illegal payments to the father of Andreas Christensen when they signed the defender from Brondby in 2012. Documents which were uncovered in November revealed that Christensen’s father, Sten, was employed as a scout on the same day they signed the player. A Chelsea consultancy agreement stated that Sten was paid £11,400 per month plus VAT for four years, totalling more than £650,000. The contract began on July 1, 2012 – the exact same day Andreas joined Chelsea. The allegations were first published in Danish newspaper Politiken last November. They claim that Sten remained a goalkeeper coach at Brondby and did not do any scouting work for Chelsea. Payments to family members of minors are prohibited In recent years, the Premier League have taken action against clubs for breaching rules around minors, with Everton and Liverpool both fined and handed youth transfer bans for being in breach of the League’s regulations. But the FA also have power to investigate breaches of rules around minors and are looking into the Christensen case. An FA spokesman told i: “The FA is aware of the allegations and we are reviewing them.” Sten declined to comment on the allegations when contacted by Politiken last year, in light of allegations made by Football Leaks in November 2018. Christensen, now 22, has played regularly for Chelsea’s first team in the past two seasons and has won 23 caps for Denmark. On the FA’s investigation into the payments to Sten Christensen, a Chelsea spokesman said: “We do not comment on speculation about confidential contracts or player-related cases.” Chelsea have only recently been handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA following an investigation into the signing of foreign players under the age of 18. The world governing body found them in breach of 29 out of 92 cases they reviewed. Part of FIFA’s investigation revealed Chelsea had paid Bertrand Traore’s mother in April 2011 in order to secure first refusal on signing the forward, who now plays for Lyon in France. Traore’s mother was paid £155,000 and £13,000 went to AJE Bobo-Dioulasso, the club she chaired. Traore eventually joined Chelsea. Chelsea were fined £460,000 by FIFA, but they are appealing the decision. The FA were also found culpable by FIFA and told they must “address the situation” regarding the international transfer and registration of minors. They were fined £390,000. They are also appealing. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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