PSG to look into the claims on the alleged 'racial profiling'
- Agence France Presse (AFP) report PSG began their internal investigation of 'racial profiling' claims
- It is believed between 2013 and the spring of this year, PSG's scouting department filled in evaluation forms based on the race and ethnicity of a young player
Mediapart, part of the European Investigative Collaborations consortium which specializes in studying Football Leaks documents report an outright violation of human dignity at PSG.
According to Mediapart, between 2013 and the spring of this year, PSG's scouting department filled in evaluation forms on young players that included their ethnicity - French, North African, West Indian or African.
It should be noted that such social profiling is illegal in France and some questions were already asked from PSG officials to which they responded by stating, rather awkwardly, that
Scouts of PSG used this questionnaire and categorized young players by their origin. They had four options: French/North African/Black African/West Indian#FootballLeaks @EICnetwork— Robin Wille (@WilleRobin) November 8, 2018
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"The club confirms that this profiling was put in place, but...they say that things were done in secret" and that "management was not aware".
However, Mediapart said that these same forms continued to be "scrupulously filled in up until the spring of 2018" and are a continuation of a larger scandal which rooted in 2010 and also uncovered by Mediapart - a drive by the top of French football to curb the number of 'blacks' and 'arabs' in French football.