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Sochaux report Newcastle to FIFA over Maiga approach

Sochaux report Newcastle over 'illegal approach'
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Sochaux accuse Newcastle United of courting Modibo Maiga without permission.

Sochaux have reported Newcastle United to FIFA, alleging an illegal approach for striker Modibo Maiga.

The French club has accused the Magpies of contacting the 23-year-old without permission on two occasions.

Meanwhile Maiga, who has three years left on his contract, is known to be keen on a move. He has been absent from training at the club in the hope of provoking a transfer.

"On Monday August 22, 2011, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard sent a referral to FIFA with the aim of obtaining [assurances] on the part of Newcastle United that they will stop their contacts with Modibo Maiga, who is under contract with FCSM until 2014.

"This [contact] is in violation of Article 18 of the current international regulations.

"This measure comes after Sochaux demanded without success, in an official manner and on two occasions, that the English club put a stop to their actions."

Maiga scored 15 goals in 36 Ligue 1 appearance for the club last season.

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