FOOTBALL NEWS

07/10/2009 21:50, Report by Steve Bartram

Pogba deal approved

FIFA has given the all-clear for Paul Pogba to be registered as a United player.

Le Havre, the 16-year-old's previous club, had lodged a complaint against Pogba's move to Old Trafford, claiming that they had agreed to enter into a contract with the midfielder at the start of the 2009/10 season.

However, after studying the case, a judge has ruled in favour of the English champions, declaring that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre.

As such, United have not breached any FIFA regulations - specifically Article 19, which focuses on the protection of minors - and world football's governing body has advised the FA to register Pogba as a United player with immediate effect.

A club spokesman told ManUtd.com: "Manchester United is pleased to confirm that the Football Association has been authorised by FIFA to register Paul Pogba as a United player with immediate effect."

Le Havre have the right to appeal FIFA's decision.

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