The Liverpool tapping-up scandal was finally resolved on Wednesday after the club and Premier League agreed to pay the school fees and compensation of the 13-year-old victim. More than a year after the Anfield side’s illicit pursuit of the unnamed schoolboy left his family in thousands of pounds of debt and him unable to play academy football until Stoke City were paid £49,000, they and the league reached an out-of-court settlement with his parents. The club, who were banned from signing academy players from other league teams over the saga as well as being fined £100,000, faced being sued by the boy’s family following the collapse of a deal to sign him from Stoke that would have seen them cover his school fees.
Chelsea are under investigation for the second time in eight years over a potential breach of Fifa regulations on youth players. Chelsea overturned a transfer ban imposed in 2009 over their 2007 recruitment of Gaël Kakuta from Lens, while last year saw pictures emerge of Bertrand Traoré playing for them before he had international clearance. Atlético Madrid are currently under a transfer embargo for breaching rules over the signing of minors, a decision that was upheld on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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