France’s Paris Saint-Germain open probe into racial profiling allegations

The probe was launched in response to revelations by French investigative website Mediapart, who cited documents from the latest series of Football Leaks allegations.

Mediapart said that, between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in evaluation forms on potential youth signings that included stating their ethnicity.

They were categorised as French (“Français”), North African (“Maghrébin”), West Indian (“Antillais”) and Black Africa (“Afrique noire”). Such profiling is illegal in France.

“Paris Saint-Germain confirm that forms with illegal content were used between 2013 and 2018 by the scouting department at the youth academy,” the French giants said in a statement.

“These forms were used solely at the initiative of the staff in charge of that department.”

The club added that an internal investigation was launched last month “to understand how…