Liverpool Football Club will avoid any further sanction over their ‘tapping up’ of Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool will avoid any further sanction over their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.
The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson reports that the Premier League “does not expect to take disciplinary action,” against the club, “despite the apology that was issued after Southampton asked for an investigation into a suspected illegal approach.”
Wilson claims that while Southampton’s complaint has not been withdrawn, they also have not chosen to provide further evidence against the Reds and that given the matter has “been resolved,” by the two parties, no disciplinary action is said to be needed.
While Southampton were said to be satisfied with the Reds apology, the league does have a number of theoretical avenues they can explore if they believe a club is guilty of breaking their rules.
The most high-profile case in recent years saw Chelsea received a “six-figure fine and a suspended points deduction when they were caught meeting Ashley Cole while he was still under contract at Arsenal.”
If you’ve still not heard the story so far – what rock have you been living under if that’s the case?
The Reds were ready to smash the world record fee for a defender of £60m to sign the Dutchman but a “flurry of stories suggesting that he wanted to leave and play for Jürgen Klopp,” infuriated his current employers.
With evidence that aided their complaint, Southampton demanded an investigation, prompting a very public and highly embarrassing apology from Liverpool Football Club.
You can catch up on the rest of the details here.
In less positive news, despite the Reds not being likely to face any retrospective action for their van Dijk blunders, it could still see them miss out on signing the Dutchman.
The Irish Independent suggest that Chelsea are in pole position if Southampton do decide to sell their star defender as the club still harbour ill will towards the Reds for their embarrassing attempts to lure the Dutchman to Merseyside earlier in the month.
However, the publication do still believe that van Dijk has “his heart set on a move to Anfield,” and that Liverpool could happily meet Southampton’s £65m valuation of the player.
Something tells me this saga is not going to simply fade away any time soon.