Thursday, April 3, 2014

FIFA sanctions Barcelona for transfer of minors.

Barcelona FC sanctioned by FIFA for international transfer of minors. The Spanish Champions have been found to be in breach of the signings of 10 minors have been accused of committing sevearal other concurrent infringements in the context of other players. FIFA also sanctioned the Spanish Football Federation.
The ban on the Spanish side came after FIFA's initial investigation which was conducted by the World football body's Transfer Matching System Gmbh over the course of last year and subsequently by the FIFA disciplinary committee as part of the disciplinary proceedings. The investigations by both committee revealed that Barcelona violated several provisions concerning the international transfer ad first registration of participation in competition with the club over various periods between 2009 and 2013.
According to art 19 of the Regulation on the status and Transfer of players (the “Regulations”) which is the the main provision relating to the protection of minors in the context of international transfers, international transfer of players are only permitted if the player is over 18. However, the same article stipulates that international transfers of minor players are permitted under three limitted circumstance, any other exceptions made to this can only be granted after proper evaluation by the sub-commitee of the players' status committee

Currently, Barca have a trio of South Korean Youth players including the highly rated 15-year-old striker Lee Seung Woo as well as other players from Africa. Last year, Barcelona agreed to a deal for Borussia's Monchengladbach's German goalkeeper, Marc Andre ter Stegen, Croatian 17-year-old Alen Halivovi who will turn 18 in June and was scheduled to join the club next season.

Barca cannot buy of sell players until the summer of 2015 and have been fined £305, 000.