PSG fined €100m
Paris Saint-Germain have been fined 100,000 euros ($114,000), after a collective negligence led to racial profiling at youth-team level inside Ligue 1 champions, French league authorities said Tuesday.
The matter began when French investigative website, Mediapart, revealed racial profiling by talent scouts since 2013, where potential youth signings were identified by their ethnicity.
The Qatari-owned club also face an upcoming hearing from the Paris prosecutors on the same matter.
The football league said the use of these forms had no part in a general racial profiling culture.
“From what we can see PSG did not use the information on ethnicity for discriminatory ends. There is no case of discrimination that can be proved.
“It is more a case of individual clumsiness and collective negligence,” LFP disciplinary commissioner Sebastien Deneux said at a press conference.
The youth candidates were categorised as French, North African, West Indian or African.
Such profiling is illegal in France.
One of PSG’s youth team directors Bertrand Reuzeau, who was in charge from 2013-2015, was given a suspended fine of 10,000 euros for his role in the matter.
The club itself launched an internal investigation in October “to understand how such practices could exist and decide what measures to take”.
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