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PSG won’t get to 100 points after drawing at Amiens 2-2

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PARIS (AP) Paris Saint-Germain can no longer reach 100 points after being held at Amiens to 2-2 on Friday.

The French champion led twice through league top scorer Edinson Cavani and midfielder Christopher Nkunku, but Amiens rallied with two goals from Senegal forward Moussa Konate.

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PSG has 92 points with two games left and can beat its own league record of 96 set two years ago.

Amiens, which drew at deposed champion Monaco 0-0 last weekend, is in 12th place and guaranteed to stay up.

PSG took the lead in the 26th minute, when playmaker Javier Pastore swapped passes with Angel Di Maria and put a clever pass behind the defense. Cavani timed his run well, took one touch and guided the ball under goalkeeper Regis Gurtner for his 28th league goal.

Gurtner made a couple of fine saves afterward, and that paid off when Konate equalized early in the second half. He made a run to the right of the penalty area to collect Thomas Monconduit’s pass, feinted two defenders, and drilled a shot into the left corner.

Nkunku put PSG ahead again midway through the second half, curling the ball in from the edge of the penalty area.

But Konate struck again in the 79th, receiving a pass from Gael Kakuta in a similar position and again feinting to shoot before drilling the ball under goalie Alphonse Areola for his 12th of the campaign.

PSG almost won it in injury time, but forward Kylian Mbappe skewed wide from close range.

Elsewhere, Nimes was promoted to the first division.

FIFA open investigation into Chelsea’s youth transfer policy

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Chelsea could be in big trouble.

FIFA have confirmed they’re investigating Chelsea’s youth transfer policy yet again, specifically over the recruitment of foreign players under the age of 18.

What could the punishment be? The worst-case scenario is that Chelsea would be banned from signing any new players across its senior or youth levels but it is believed this situation isn’t as serious as previous investigations involving Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Via the Telegraph, FIFA had the following to say about the investigation: “As the investigation is ongoing, no further comment is possible for the time being.”

Chelsea released a short statement saying: “Chelsea FC complies with all FIFA Statutes and Regulations when recruiting players.”

It will be the third time in eight years that world soccer’s governing body have looked at Chelsea’s youth policy and back in 2009 they were handed a transfer ban for two transfer windows over the signing of French teenager Gael Kakuta from Lens in 2007 but that was later overturned after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was successful.

Chelsea were also investigated last year over the signing of Bertrand Traore after images emerged of him playing for the club as a 16-year-old, before international clearance had arrived.

Spanish clubs Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been found guilty after similar investigations took place with Barca banned from signing players for two transfer windows and the same happening to Atletico who can’t sign any new players until January 2018, while Real Madrid had their ban reduced to one window after an appeal.

In the UK both Liverpool and Manchester City have recently been handed fines and bans for not following rules over recruiting young players domestically.

For foreign players signing for a team in another country there are strict rules in place.

Their family must either be relocating for non soccer reasons to the country where the new club is based, they must live no further than 50km from a national border and the club with which the player wishes to be registered with is within that 50km radius, or if they sign between the age of 16-18 the new club must provide them with housing, access to education and a soccer education.

Report: James turned down $32 million salary in China

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An $32 million per year salary and $114 transfer fee were not enough to woo James Rodriguez and Real Madrid into a move to the Chinese Super League.

Manuel Pellegrini‘s Hebei China Fortune was the club behind the offer, according to Marca, although the second bid may’ve been done simply to raise the profile. The report says the rejection of an $84 million bid made it clear no offer would hit the spot.

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Hebei has Ezequiel Lavezzi, Stephane Mbia, Gael Kakuta, and Gervinho on the books.

James made comments about leaving Madrid at the Club World Cup, and Marca says the Chinese club was quick to make its intentions known to agent Jorge Mendes.

Rodriguez has 4 goals and 10 assists in 18 matches for Madrid this season.

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Manuel Pellegrini hired to manage Chinese club Hebei China Fortune

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Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been hired by Chinese club Hebei China Fortune as the Chinese top flight adds another big name manager. He joins just three months after stepping down as manager of Manchester City in favor of Pep Guardiola.

The Chilean will match up with former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who currently heads current league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, in his first game in charge on September 10. Evergrande sits 15 points adrift of Hebei in the table. Sven-Göran Eriksson also manages in the league, in charge of Guangzhou R&F.

Pellegrini inherits a squad that includes Ezequiel Lavezzi plus former Premier Leaguers Stephane M’bia, Gervinho, and Gael Kakuta. The club currently sits in fifth in the league table out of 16 teams, with seven matches remaining in the season.

Following Pellegrini’s departure from City, the 62-year-old said he wished to remain in the Premier League, but also that he would retire if he did not receive an offer that interested him.

Pellegrini replaces former Everton midfielder Li Tie, who worked previously under Marcelo Lippi at Evergrande before being hired as Hebei manager a year ago. Tie was in hot water after criticizing the Chinese national team selection process and travel planning in early July.