Keyword: Paris Saint-Germain

PSG fined for ethnic profiling of young recruits

Qatari-owned football club Paris-Saint Germain has been fined 100,000 euros by the French Professional Football League (LFP) following Mediapart's revelations of its practice of demanding talent scouts to report on the ethnic origins of potential young recruits.

How Neymar transfer became a financial abyss for PSG

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Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as Neymar Junior. © Reuters Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as Neymar Junior. © Reuters

Documents from Football Leaks lift the lid on the real cost and the dealings behind the record-breaking transfer in the summer of 2017 of Brazilian football star Neymar from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Revealed here by Mediapart, they tell of massive commission payments, up-to-the-wire negotiations that almost collapsed amid a tetchy moment of bluff, tax dilemmas and the club’s suspicions that some of those accompanying the player to Paris were in undeclared employment. Meanwhile, despite the capture of one of the world’s most celebrated players, the transfer appears to represent a financial abyss for PSG.

When French club PSG recruited youth players according to ethnic origin

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Former PSG sporting director Olivier Létang (right) with the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. © Reuters Former PSG sporting director Olivier Létang (right) with the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. © Reuters

Talent scouts for French club PSG were required to detail the ethnic origins of potential youth recruits as an essential criterium in the club’s selection of players in a blatant discrimination policy that lasted over several years until this spring, Mediapart can reveal. As a result, a youngster now considered to be one of France’s most promising players was disregarded by PSG on the grounds of his black skin.   

UEFA bosses helped cover up PSG 'financial fair play’ fraud

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PSG general manager Jean-Claude Blanc (left) with the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. © Reuters PSG general manager Jean-Claude Blanc (left) with the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. © Reuters

Over several years, Qatar injected 1.8 billion euros into French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a massive breach of the Financial Fair Play regulations of European association football’s governing body UEFA. Mediapart reveals here the background to the affair and how the then president of UEFA, Michel Platini, and his secretary general, Gianni Infantino, who is now president of FIFA, helped cover up the fraud, allowing the club to escape exclusion from the prestigious and lucrative Champions League.

Neymar says he followed his heart not his wallet in move to PSG

Money was never motivating factor for his record 222 million-euro transfer from Barcelona, the Brazilian said on his arrival at Paris St Germain.

Ranting football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls France 'shit country'

The Swedish player was caught on camera angrily shouting at an assistant referee after his Paris St-Germain team lost to Bordeaux on Sunday.

David Beckham hangs up his boots with Paris St. Germain

Beckham says his glittering career is over after earning 115 caps for England and playing for six clubs in England, Spain, Italy, America and France.

Paris Saint-Germain victory celebration ends in rioting

Football club’s Ligue 1 title celebrations were cut short Monday night after ugly clashes between spectators and police in central Paris.

Beckham joins French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain

British football star David Beckham has joined French club Paris Saint-Germain, promising to donate his earnings to a local childrens' charity.

Can David and Victoria Beckham pass the Paris test?

British football star David Beckham is expected to join Paris St-Germain and, writes Agnès Poirier, it's set the French capital abuzz with existentialist questions.

Paris Saint-Germain 'in talks' for Beckham

Paris Saint-Germain are set to make proposition to David Beckham with the aim of landing the midfielder in January, according to daily Le Parisien.