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Sep 8, 2009

Crewe report Premier League club for approach

League Two club Crewe Alexandra have added to the debate over Premier League clubs and their pursuit of the best young players in the game by reporting an unnamed Premier League club to the Football Association for an alleged illegal approach.

The Gresty Road outfit have decided to make their complaint official following FIFA's decision to ban Chelsea from signing players until 2011, while Le Havre continue to push for FIFA to take the same action against Manchester United for their signing of Paul Pogba.

Crewe have one of the most productive youth systems in the lower leagues and have nurtured a whole host of Premier League talent, including David Platt, Danny Murphy, Seth Johnson and Dean Ashton

Director of football Dario Gradi said on Monday: "We have a situation where one of our 15-year-old's has been approached. He is an outstanding player by any standards and he has come in and told us that he wants to leave right now to join a big club.

"The big clubs are stealing other people's players and you worry financially for the clubs where the players are stolen from. What sort of compensation are we going to get for all the work that has gone into developing him? Any compensation is insignificant for the effort that gone in.

"I'm delighted with what has happened with Chelsea. I would hope all the big clubs are frightened to death. There is no excuse for breaking the rules.

"We lost a 12-year-old to Everton. He was our best 12-year-old. The lure is that the bigger clubs pay big expenses.

"This kid will be getting several hundred pounds a week in expenses. We pay expenses but nothing like that. It's more a case of giving out £20 if someone can pick a kid up en-route.

"It is so hard to protect your players. All this goes against the morality of the game - it's the rich robbing the poor. At least Fifa have given the smaller clubs hope.''

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