Leeds want action against 'predators'

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Leeds have called for possible points deductions for "predator clubs" who poach promising teenagers - on a day when Manchester City became the latest Premier League power to be embroiled in a row over the signing of a French teenager.

City insist they have acted "within the rules" over the signing of 17-year-old defender Jeremy Helan from Rennes, but FIFA have confirmed they are investigating a complaint by the French club and Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey believes compensation is inadequate, and has called on the game's authorities to hold a full review of the registration system.

Harvey said: "Compensation awards, we feel, are no longer a sufficient deterrent - and perhaps now is the time to start considering points deductions."

Chelsea have been banned from making any new signings for two transfer windows after being found guilty of inducing Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with Lens - while Le Havre have made accusations about Manchester United's acquisition of another French teenager, Paul Pogba.

In recent years, Leeds have won compensation totalling several million pounds from Chelsea after losing three young players to the London club, and on Tuesday have been told they will get £600,000 compensation from Everton for 16-year-old defender Luke Garbutt.

The teenager opted to sign his first professional contract with Everton in the summer - instead of Leeds, where he had spent eight years in their academy.

Harvey added: "We need to arrive at a system whereby in any transfer there is a willing buyer, willing seller and willing player.

"If we'd had an option we would have chosen to keep the player. We feel we were deprived of the opportunity to develop the player to his full potential.

"We now appeal to the football authorities to mount a combined review of the registration system in place domestically to provide further financial assurances for clubs who lose players to predator clubs."

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