Report: French club Paris Saint-Germain recruited players according to ethnic origin

Published 9:38 a.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018 | Updated 10:27 a.m. ET Nov. 8, 2018

PARIS (AP) — According to a report from the Mediapart news website, Paris Saint-Germain scouts have been required for years to list ethnic origins of potential recruits.

Mediapart and French TV program “Envoye Special” have reported that a young black player regarded as one of France’s most promising players was overlooked by PSG because of his skin color.

Following an investigation based on the “Football Leaks” documents, Mediapart said “only one black player was recruited between 2013 and 2018 by PSG’s provincial scouting network.”

The online website claims that 17-year-old Rennes attacking midfielder Yann Gboho, who plays for France’s under-18 team, was disregarded by PSG for its academy when he was 13 because he was black, and “that the club’s management in fact decided to cover up those implicated in the scandal.”

Mediapart has reported that up until this year, scouts were asked by PSG to mention the origin of…

Read Story