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08th Nov 2018

Everton banned from signing academy players after tapping up school boy

Everton FC have been banned from signing academy players for two years after breaking laws regarding tapping-up school boys

Reuben Pinder

They will be banned for two years

Everton have been handed a two year suspension from signing players aged 10-18 after being found guilty of breaking Premier League tapping-up rules.

According to Telegraph SportEverton have also been fined £50,000 for tapping-up a school boy who now plays for Manchester United.

The Premier League said in a statement: “The Premier League has sanctioned Everton FC for breaching Academy player recruitment rules.

“The Premier League received evidence alleging that Everton Academy staff offered inducements to a player and his family to encourage the player to register with the club. When presented with this information, Everton immediately admitted the allegations and set up its own internal inquiry which established that similar misconduct had occurred in relation to six other Academy players.

“In certain cases, it was found that the club provided false information to the League when questions had previously been raised about the circumstances in which Academy players registered with the club.

“The club will pay a fine of £500,000 and will be banned for two years from registering any Academy player who has been registered with another Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months. The club will also pay additional compensation payments to the former clubs of two Academy players.”

 Everton released a statement in response in which they said they had cooperated with all of the Premier League’s investigations.”Everton has worked alongside the Premier League over recent weeks to conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations relating to our Academy’s operational methods in some areas of player recruitment,” the statement read.

“In short, we are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club.  Accordingly, we have accepted the penalties imposed on us by the Premier League and have given them our strongest apologies.

“We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”

After it was first reported that Everton were under investigation, the club suspended their head of recruitment, Martin Waldron.