English Premier League champions Manchester United have been given the go ahead by Fifa to sign Paul Pogba.

The deal taking him to Old Trafford was in doubt as French club Le Havre had claimed that they had agreed a contract with the 16 year old midfielder for the current season before he went to United.

But a judge appointed by Fifa ruled in United’s favour, stating that because of his age, Le Havre could not have got an agreement for Pogba to sign a professional contract.

Although Le Havre can appeal against the decision, the judges ruling means that United have not broken any Fifa rules, particularly the one dealing with the protection of minors.

The judge decided Pogba was still an amateur because he only received normal expenses for playing for his club.

Last month United threatened to take legal action against the French club unless they stopped making allegations about the deal.

A statement released by United read:

fifa clear manchester united over pogba transfer Manchester United are pleased to confirm that the Football Association has been authorised by Fifa to register Paul Pogba as a Manchester United player with immediate effect.

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