Amad Diallo fined £42,000 for entering Italy using fake documents having been at centre of child-trafficking ring who smuggled Man United winger and brother in
Amad Diallo has been fined £42,000 in Italy over accusations he used false documents to get into the country.
The 18-year-old joined Manchester United for an initial £18million from Serie A side Atalanta in January while an investigation by the Italian football federation (FIGC) was ongoing.
He travelled to Italy with his brother when he was about 10 and in 2015 eventually joined youth club Boca Barco in Parma – where an investigation was initially launched by prosecutors last year – before the FIGC took it up.
He moved to Atalanta shortly after and developed into one of the most coveted players in football.
United have so far not commented on the matter, but The Times say the club are understood to have sought assurances that the investigation would not hamper their ability to field him in matches if they signed him.
The investigation looked into allegations that a child-trafficking ring of five adults smuggled Diallo and his brother, Hamed Junior Traore, into Italy from their native Ivory Coast on a family visa in 2015.
The FIGC announced on Tuesday it had concluded a case against Diallo and his 20-year-old brother, who plays for Sassuolo, on loan from Empoli, after accepting a plea bargain from the pair. Both have been told to pay £42,000.
The false papers claimed that, upon entering Italy, the pair would be reunited with their supposed parents, Mamadou Hamed Traore and Marina Edwige Carine Teher, but the FIGC alleged they were not the players’ parents. It is also claimed that Hamed may not even be Diallo’s brother.
Initially registered with Traore as his surname, the United winger has since dropped the name and has ‘Amad’ on the back of his no.19 shirt.
The FIGC stated that Diallo had: “Allowed, in order to be able to enter into his first professional contract with Atalanta, on 11 July 2018, the use of the false name Traore Diallo Amad.
“Other non-registered subjects (Traore Hamed Mamadou and Teher Marina Edwige Carine) carried out acts aimed at obtaining false or altered documents to circumvent the rules on entry into Italy and membership, as a non-EU citizen already residing in Italy.
“It was found that they pretended to be the parent of the footballer, using false certificates attesting the relationship of kinship.
“Finally, for himself, to obtain subsequent membership cards with companies affiliated with FIGC, continuing to use the false certifications that had allowed him to settle in Italy with fictitious parents.”
Diallo has trained with the first team having impressed for the U23 side and was an unused substitute against West Ham in their midweek FA Cup win.