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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 February 2008, 13:23 GMT
Reggina issue Chelsea complaint
Michel Platini
Michel Platini believes players should stay at their clubs til 21
Italian club Reggina have reported Chelsea to the Italian Football Federation and Uefa over an alleged approach to one of their players.

They say 15-year-old Vincenzo Camilleri refused to play in a game for them and will have talks with Chelsea instead.

"He preferred to travel to London with his mother and a type of agent to reach a financial agreement with Chelsea," said Reggina president Lillo Foti.

"We see this is an action of disloyalty and incorrectness."


Reggina are unhappy the player was allegedly 'tapped up' while he was still their player and aged only 15.

Camilleri had been expected to sign terms with Reggina when he turns 16 in March but now wants to join Chelsea.

"The player was contacted a couple of months ago when he was still our player," added Foti.

Whoever makes that leap at the age of 14 can risk returning destroyed at 16, just because they didn't succeed

Uefa president Michel Platini

"We have made complaints to the Italian Football Federation and to Uefa."

Uefa president Michel Platini expressed his regret over the situation.

Platini said to Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper: "Young players should remain in the club they come from with their families, postponing their move to another club or another country until they are 20 or 22.

"Whoever makes that leap at the age of 14 can risk returning destroyed at 16, just because they didn't succeed."

Fifa regulations allow the transfer of 16 to 18-year-olds as long as it is between member states of the European Union.

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