Parents of aspiring footballers are being warned not to fall victim to fraudsters promising trials at Middlesbrough FC.

The club has released a statement detailing concern about people being invited to join the club on trial in exchange for money.

A Middlesbrough FC statement says that both the police and the FA are involved in an investigation.

Middlesbrough Football Club would like to alert young players, and parents of aspiring young footballers, of a scam inviting players to join the club on trial in return for a payment made by the young player. Young footballers have been targeted in this manner in Europe and beyond.

Middlesbrough FC statement