This sounds like a pretty sh*tty situation, in fairness…
Liverpool are under investigation for tapping up a 12-year-old Stoke school-boy, whose family are now in debt as a result of our conduct.
When approaching the unnamed talented prospect, we told the youngster’s parents we’d pay his school fees until he turns 16, and as a result, he agreed to move to Liverpool – with the family relocating.
However, there’s a Premier League rule which states that unless clubs have a blanket policy in which they pay all their kids’ school-fees, they cannot make individual allowances – and as a result we’ve pulled out of a deal…
This means the player is left without a club, and until Liverpool pay Stoke his £50k compensation fee – which we’re not planning on doing – a rule states he cannot play for anyone else.
What’s more, we’re not paying his school fees, leaving the family in limbo.
A source with knowledge of the Premier League investigation told the Telegraph: “This is a shocking example of how children in Premier League football are being used and abused.
“This kid has done nothing wrong at all but he’s been left out in the cold and his parents are having to foot the bill for private education that they can’t afford.
“The whole thing is a total disgrace. Everyone at the top of the Premier League and both football clubs are fully aware of what has gone on, and it is something that must be stamped out of the game.
“Everyone knows how children’s lives and education are being ruined with the promise of football riches and it needs to stop.”
Liverpool and Stoke have both declined to comment, but we could be fined if found guilty of a rule breach. This is an awful story and not one that covers the club or any employees in any glory whatsoever.