Chelsea to learn 'tap-up' fate on Tuesday

September 7, 2006

Leeds will learn after a meeting with Premier League chiefs on Tuesday whether Chelsea face charges for allegedly 'tapping-up' three highly-rated Elland Road youngsters.

The West Yorkshire outfit are putting together the final pieces of their claim against the reigning Barclays Premiership champions after alleging they 'stole' two academy players and approached a third.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates said: 'Our evidence needs to be in place and there will then be a meeting with the Premier League before they decide whether they have a case to answer. We've made our position and our complaint very clear.'

Ex-Chelsea chairman Bates has reported his former club to FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football League after alleging Chelsea made illegal approaches to three of United's academy players in April.

England Under-16 internationals Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo have since signed for the Londoners, while Danny Rose opted to remain at Elland Road. Chelsea, who deny any wrong-doing, offered Leeds £200,000 compensation for each player, but Bates turned this sum down as 'derisory'.

Leeds made their formal complaint last month, but Chelsea have countered by accusing Bates of making 'rude, insulting and inappropriate comments' towards their owner Roman Abramovich at an Elland Road press conference.