LONDON – Manchester United will face no action for their role in Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus but the Italian club have had disciplinary proceedings opened against them, FIFA have announced.
An investigation into the world-record £89.3million transfer was opened by football’s governing body in May after Sportsmail revealed agent Mino Raiola’s extraordinary £41m cut from the deal.
Raiola has always maintained that the transfer was above board. United were asked for clarification about all aspects of their part in the deal and were understood to be completely relaxed about the situation throughout the process.
FIFA have confirmed that they are no longer investigating United but are looking into the agreement Raiola had with Juve.
It is believed Raiola and Juventus may have breached FIFA’s rules over third-party ownership. In April 2015, FIFA banned third-party ownership, prohibiting clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with outside investors.
Historically, breaches have been punished with six-figure fines, but, if found guilty, Juventus could face a transfer embargo.
A FIFA spokesman said: "We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing. No disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United."
Raiola was Pogba’s representative when he left for Turin in 2012 and was involved in United’s moves last summer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Pogba made 51 appearances as United won the EFL Cup and the Europa League last season.