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Manchester United newcomer Amad Diallo has been fined £42,000 for using fake documents and bogus parents to move to Italy from Ivory Coast.
Diallo was included in the Red Devils’ squad for Tuesday night’s FA Cup tie against West Ham following his £37million transfer from Atalanta.
The FIGC, Italian football’s governing body, has fined the youngster and his brother after the two players used “false certifications that had allowed them to reunite in Italy with fictitious parents”.
The statement said: “The two requested “the application of the sanction pursuant to art. 126 of the Code of Sports Justice”, that is, the plea bargain: the Federal Prosecutor’s Office has thus imposed a penalty of 48 thousand euros for Amad Diallo and another 48 thousand euros for Hamed Traore.”
The investigations looked into allegations that a child trafficking ring of five adults smuggled the two boys into Italy on a family visa six years ago, including two who falsely claimed to be their mother and father – Hamed Mamadou Traore and Marina Edwige Carine Teher.
The false documents were used so that Diallo could sign for Boca Barco in 2015 and Atalanta three years later. It is also alleged that Amad Diallo is not the player’s real name, moreover, he may not even have consanguinity with his brother.
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