Date: 8th September 2009 at 12:07pm
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MCFC, as is the way these days have reacted in a professional, measured way to the finger pointing of Pierre Dreossi, Rennes Technical Director…

The Brittany/Bretagne club are accusing City of inducing teenage defender Jeremy Helan to break a contract with the Ligue 1 club and have complained to FIFA.

City’s statement reads:

‘Manchester City is aware of the ongoing contractual dispute in the French Labour Courts between Jeremy Helan and Stade Rennais. The dispute between the player and the Club pre-dates any interest from Manchester City.

Manchester City obviously cannot comment on the case until the French Judicial Process has run its course, however we are comfortable that we have acted within the rules throughout the process and in no way induced any breach of contract by Jeremy Helan.’

Meanwhile, FIFA have confirmed that they are investigating the issue:

“There is a case pending with Fifa’s Player Status Department involving Jérémy Hélan, Stade Rennais FC and Manchester City.”

As today’s Guardian confirms, UEFA President Michel Platini’s plan to implement a European transfer ban on all players under 18 years old suddenly has an opportunity to gather pace.

More on this developing story as we get it…

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