Celta land banned Contreras

Chile midfielder Pablo Contreras, who is serving a two-year ban from France for his involvement in a fake passport scandal, has moved from AS Monaco FC to UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Celta de Vigo for €4.2m.

Chilean midfielder Pablo Contreras, who is serving a two-year ban from France for his involvement in a fake passport scandal, has moved from AS Monaco FC to UEFA Cup hopefuls RC Celta de Vigo for €4.2m.

Six-year deal
Contreras, who played on loan for Argentinian side Racing Club Buenos Aires after the scandal surfaced in January, has signed a six-year deal with the Spanish first division club.

Two-year ban and fine
He received the two-year ban and a €30,000 fine from a Paris court in April after it was found he was using a fake Italian passport in order to gain European Union status.

Foreign player regulations
The left-sided midfielder will take up one of Celta's berths for foreign players this season. Under Spanish regulations, clubs are allowed only four foreigners in their squads and only three on the pitch at any one time.

Second major signing
The Chilean said he was keen to make a new start and would be doing his best to convince coach Victor Fernandez that he is worth a place in the side. Contreras is Celta's second major signing of the close season. French striker Florian Maurice has joined the Galician side, who are playing in this season's UEFA Cup, on a one-year loan deal from Olympique de Marseille.

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