LITESPORT 38 Tuesday, 8 September 2009 London Lite NOW CITY FACEFIFA called in over French star Helans Manchester move MANCHESTER CITY are the latest Pre- mierLeagueclubtocomeunderscrutiny over the signing of young players. FIFA revealed today: We can confirm that there is a case pending with our Player Status Department involving Jeremy Helan, Stade Rennais FC and Manchester City. Former France Under 16 captain Helan joined City in 2008 but Rennes technical director Pierre Dreossi claims his club had no contact with City before Helans move. This mornings revelations are just the latest in a series of complaints over rich Premier League clubs accused of poaching young players. But City havesincereleasedastatementinsisting they had acted within the rules. Chelsea were last week banned from making signings during the next two transfer windows after FIFA punished them for inducing Gael Kakuta, another French teenager. Citys local rivals Manchester United yesterday announced they were ready with a robust defence should Le Havre continuetopursueacaseovertheirsign- ing of Paul Pogba. Le Havre president Pierre Louvel claims United offered Pogbas parents 100,000 each and a house if the 16-year- old joined them. AlthoughPogbawentontojoinUnited, thePremierLeaguechampionsinsistthe move was legal. This morning came reports linking severalPremierLeagueplayers--includ- ing former Arsenal striker Ian Wright --withaSouthAfricanacademyinCape Town. According to the Daily Mail, Cape United FC will groom young players for a move abroad with investors receiving 40 percent of the fee. Yesterday Everton were told to pay up to 1m for 16-year-old Luke Garbutt from Leeds. They offered 200,000 but an FA tribunal said they had to pay an initial 500,000whichcoulddoublewithadd-ons for appearances. Leeds chairman Ken Bates still insists the figure is paltry. And Crewe director of football Dario Gradi accused an unnamed Premier League club of making an illegal approach for one of the clubs young players. Gradi said: We have a situation where one of our 15-year-olds has been approached. The big clubs are stealing other peoples players. Compensation is insignificant. Imdelightedwithwhathashappened with Chelsea. I would hope all the big clubs are frightened to death. Inbrief Blades Kenny falls on sword SHEFFIELD UNITED goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been handed a nine-month ban from all football after failing a drugs test. A routine sample was found to have traces of banned substance ephedrine which is used in some common cold cures. Kenny, 31, told an FA hearing he took four tablets to help clear up a chest infection. The FA accepted he had not taken the substance to enhance performance. England Hope to beat old foe ENGLANDS women will face Germany in the final of the European Championships on Thursday, with the match shown live on BBC2 at 5pm. Hope Powells side had already booked their place in the Helsinki showpiece, their first major final in 25 years, and were joined by the Germans who came from behind to see off Norway 3-1. England will have to end Germanys 100 percent record in Finland. Lions look for Greece mark CHELSEA striker Daniel Sturridge feels England Under-21s can claim ultimate success if they chalk up another European Championship qualifying win in Greece today. Stuart Pearces young lions have made a positive start on the road towards Denmark in 2011 with a 2-1 victory over Macedonia. Sturridge said: It will be the ultimate success for us, coming here with the heat. We are not used to that. Kyle injury no Laffing matter NORTHERN IRELAND striker Kyle Lafferty will miss Northern Irelands World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Wednesday through injury, the Irish Football Association have confirmed. Lafferty injured his knee in the 1-1 draw away against Poland at the weekend any yesterday indicated he would be fit to play. Manager Nigel Worthington has drafted 18-year-old Billy Kee into the squad. Tevez will miss Gunners clash CARLOS TEVEZ will miss Saturdays Premier League clash against Arsenal, Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed. Newly-signed Tevez, 25, picked a knee injury while on international duty with Argentina. Hughes said: He is staying with Argentina because he needs acute treatment. Flying him back quickly might compromise the injury. Citys Brazilian star Robinho is also doubtful with an ankle injury. LONDONCALLING ARSENAL P3 W2 D0 L1 Pts6 AARON RAMSEY admits he is inspired by Andrey Arshavin. He said: Hes a great role model for younger people and someone I can learn from. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Man City (a) Sept 16 St Liege (CL GRP, a) 19 Wigan (h) 22 WBA (CC R3, h) 26 Fulham (a) CHELSEA P4 W4 D0 L0 Pts12 JOE COLE should be in contention for first team action by the end of the month. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Stoke (a) Sept 15 Porto (CL GRP, h) 20 Tottenham (h) 23 QPR (CC R3, h) 26 Wigan (a) FULHAM P3 W1 D0 L2 Pts3 BJORN HELGE RIISE is adamant he can force his way into Fulhams midfield after his summer move. I know that I have the qualities and will work hard to play myself into the team. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sun Everton (h) Sept 17 CSKA Sofia (EL Grp, a) 20 Wolves (a) 23 Man City (CC R3, a) 26 Arsenal (h) TOTTENHAM P4 W4 D0 L0 Pts12 SEBASTIEN BASSONG is the latest Tottenham defender to be hit with an injury. He limped out of Cameroons 2-0 win over Gabon. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Man Utd (h) Sept 20 Chelsea (a) 23 Preston (CC R3, a) 26 Burnley (h) Oct 3 Bolton (a) WEST HAM P3 W1 D1 L1 Pts4 JACK COLLISON is battling to shake off a calf strain ahead of Wales match at home against Russia tomorrow. The injury forced the midfielder to miss Fridays under-21 meeting with Italy. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Wigan (a) Sept 19 Liverpool (h) 22 Bolton (CC R3, a) 28 Man City (a) Oct 4 Fulham (h). CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE P5 W1 D2 L2 Pts5 CLAUDE DAVIS is expected to make his full Palace debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, to fill in for the suspended Paddy McCarthy. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Scunthorpe (h) Sept 15 QPR (a) 19 Derby (h) 26 WBA (a) 29 Sheff Wed (h) QPR P5 W1 D3 L1 Pts6 ADEL TAARABT was on target for Moroccos 1-1 draw with Togo. The Rangers midfielder, who came through the game unscathed, scored in the 90th minute. NEXT FIVE GAMES:SatPeterborough(h) Sept 15CrystalPalace(h)19Cardiff(a)23Chelsea (CCR3,a)26Barnsley(h) READING P5 W1 D2 L2 Pts5 DARREN ODEA has been added to the Republic of Ireland squad to face South Africa in Dublin tonight. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Doncaster (h) Sept 16 Cardiff (h) 19 Peterborough (a) 26 Watford (h) 29 Preston (a) WATFORD P5 W1 D3 L1 Pts6 CHAIRMAN Jimmy Russo will face a fans forum on Thursday and said: A lot of times we cannot say anything because it may affect transfers but I am happy to take the questions this week. NEXT FIVE GAMES: Sat Barnsley (h) Sept 15 Plymouth (a) 19 Leicester (h) 26 Reading (a) 29 Coventry (h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD P6 W2 D3 L1 Pts9 FRASER FANKS, 18, is being tipped for a big future at BY NEAL COLLINS THE CLUBS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE... CHELSEA THE Blues have been banned from registering any new players for 16 months by FIFA after allegedly encouraging French starlet Gael Kakuta to break his contract with French club RC Lens. MAN UNITED LE HAVRE president Pierre Louvel claimed the Old Trafford outfit had offered Paul Pogbas parents 100,000 each and a house if the 16-year-old joined them. MAN CITY CITYS acquisition of Jeremy Helan has been referred to FIFA by Ligue 1 side Rennes. The French clubs sporting director Pierre Dreossi claimed there was no contact with City before Helans switch. CAPE UNITED IAN WRIGHT and six Premier League stars are involved in an academy that has been accused of raping South Africa of its talent by the countrys most senior football official. TraffordOldtheclaimedLouvel Upson: My Hammers pal deserves Rob of the Green FABIO CAPELLO should stick with Robert Green between the sticks for next summers World Cup in South Africa thats the view of the England keepers West Ham team-mate Matthew Upson. England will qualify for the tournament if they beat Croatia at Wembley tomorrow night and Green is in pole position to play with Capellos No1 choice David James out injured. The Hammers stopper (right) has started the last four games because of Jamess shoulder problem and Upson said: Hes having the best spell of his international career so far. I really feel the jersey is up for grabs. Robert is never going to have a better opportunity to establish himself as No1 and play in a World Cup, which would be a good reward for the amount of hours and time he spent with the squad without making many appearances or getting any recognition. Over the last year his form has been excellent. I have obviously been playing with him at that time at West Ham and I cant remember any kind of mistakes. Hes hung in there. He spent a lot of hours with this squad without even being on the bench and mentally that is very demanding. Its down to him and his performances now, which is all you can ask for. England lost 3-2 to Croatia on their last visit to Wembley and Upson also admitted he fears the new pitch could affect the home sides chances. The West Ham defender, who is set to start alongside John Terry in defence, is worried about the state of the surface after playing in the 2-1 friendly win over Slovenia on Saturday. The pitch was re-laid again in the summer, which was the sixth time since Wembley reopened in 2007. The FA made the decision after fierce criticism from managers Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes following the FA Cup semi-finals in April. But Upson has noticed little improvement and said: You could tell from going on the pitch on Saturday that it had been freshly laid and bedded in, which is not an ideal surface to play on. The West Ham factor could prove decisive tomorrow night. BY GEOFF TEATHER index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html