Paris Saint-Germain have opened an investigation into a claim that club scouts recorded young players' 'origins' in order to limit the number of black players at their academy, a spokesman has confirmed.
According to a report by French website Mediapart, this racial profiling took place between 2013 and spring of this year.
Based on documents provided by the Football Leaks platform, the report says one of PSG's former chief scouts told his colleagues that 'there is a problem with the direction of this club...there are too many West Indians and Africans in Paris'.
Scouts for the reigning French champions and current league leaders, the report claims, were asked to choose one of four options for every player they watched on an electronic form: French, North African, black African or West Indian.
According to Mediapart, this system prompted an internal investigation in 2014 when one scout, Serge Fournier, described Yann Gboho, a French teenager who was born in the Ivory Coast and now plays for Rennes, as 'West Indian' because PSG 'didn't want us to recruit players born in Africa, because you are never sure of their date of birth'.
Fournier also told the website that the drop-down menu on the electronic form 'should have said white instead of French', as all the players the national scouts recommended were French.