The allegations of the ethnic profiling of youth players joining the club were released within a report by Mediapart, a European investigative journalism group that has hacked several of Europe's elite clubs to access classified information.
Mediapart published scouting reports that it claimed were used by PSG recruiters between 2013 and earlier this year to assess young players; along with evaluating a player's physical and technical skills, scouts were asked to check a box noting each player's 'origin.'
While the club quickly denied any part of the process, they deflected the blame of the recruitment system of a former employee, who was in charge of recruiting the best talent from outside of Paris.
Scouts of PSG used this questionnaire and categorized young players by their origin. They had four options: French/North African/Black African/West Indian#FootballLeaks @EICnetwork— Robin Wille (@WilleRobin) November 8, 2018
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The Ligue 1 champions claim they began an internal investigation into the profiling last month, 'as soon as it was informed' of the tracking of players' ethnicities, by then acknowledging the form had been used over the past five years.
"The Club General Directorate had never been aware of an ethnic registration system within a recruitment department nor had it in its possession," PSG said in a statement.
"In view of the information mentioned therein, these forms betray the spirit and values of Paris Saint-Germain."