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FC Barcelona sanctioned for buying child players

Camp Nou | Philipp Rümmele/Flickr

(Jan 2) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed FC Barcelona’s transfer ban appeal and confirmed that the club has breached the rules regarding protection of minors. The verdict may be a step against the use of underage footballers.

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FIFA: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’

Inhuman abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate stadia for the 2022 World Cup, an “exclusive” from the London Guardian. Keep in mind that Qatar is one of the Persian Gulf despotisms that is a client state of American imperialism. Qatar hosts the huge Al-Udeid Air Base, headquarters for US air operations in the region and the directing centre of the air war in Syria and Iraq. It has been one of the leading funders of the terrorist forces aiming to subvert the sovereign government of Syria. Furthermore,  the English Football Association itself spent £21m bidding for the 2018 World Cup, which went to Russia.

By PETE PATTISSON

Link to video: Qatar: the migrant workers forced to work for no pay in World Cup host country

The Guardian (Sept 25, 2013) – DOZENS of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, a Guardian investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup.

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Soccer slavery: Fighting for the lost football kids

The fight against illegal trafficking of young African footballers: some of Europe’s richest football clubs have been implicated. It is a fight that is far from over – and one that FIFA recently brought to light through the sanctioning of FC Barcelona and the club’s exploitation of young players.

By Marie Louise Albers, Paris/Genève

Jean-CLaude Mbouvin, founder and director of Foot Solidaire | Marie Louise Albers

Jean-CLaude Mbouvin, founder and director of Foot Solidaire | Marie Louise Albers

The phone vibrates in his breast pocket. Again. It is the fourth time in the last half hour, and this time Jean-Claude Mbvoumin feels compelled to answer. He apologizes, pulls the chair slightly away from the little coffee table where we sit, and lifts the phone to his ear.

“It is Jean-Claude,” he says in French, while a concerned father from Guinea identifies himself at the other end of the line. The Guinean man recently sent his son to a try-out in Europe, but now the father has not had contact with his son for several days, and he does not know where in Europe his son is. Jean-Claude promises to look into it and asks him to call back later. Continue reading

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Children are something you sell…

FC Barcelona trains a number of kids each year in its football academy, La Masia | La Masia, FC Barcalona's youth academy in Spain by hiytel/Flickr

FC Barcelona trains a number of kids each year in its football academy, La Masia | La Masia, FC Barcalona’s youth academy in Spain by hiytel/Flickr

By Lars Andersson , Kristian Boye

Major European clubs and anonymous investment funds are fighting across cities, countries and continents over football’s new gold – talented minors.

Football has become a billion dollar industry with astronomical turnovers. An increasing number of people want a part of its glamorous world of money, power and honour, dazzling billions of people around the world.

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Thousands of children have been traded already

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By Lars Andersson , Kristian Boye

UPDATED: FIFA has punished FC Barcelona for trading children. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The trade of minors is standard practice in European football – and has been for years. Now, for the first time since the sanctions against the Spanish club were issued, FIFA responds to enquiries regarding the case.

Updated 23 April 2014, first edition published 9 April 2014:

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Premier League’s unlevel playing field

Even while top soccer players in Britain, such as Arsenal FC’s Mesut Özil, are regularly paid 180,000 pounds a week, the workers employed at club stadiums struggle to make ends meet, a new report says | Ronnie Macdonald / Wikimedia Commons

By GEORGE LAVENDER*

In These Times (Jan. 21) – SOCCER is big business in Britain, but not everyone who works in the Premier League benefits from that prosperity. According to a recent report by the community organization coalition Citizens UK, even while chief executives make millions, workers who cater, clean and provide security for top soccer clubs are getting paid minimum wage. Right now, the report says, many employees at stadiums around the country are earning £6.31 an hour – well below the estimated national living wage of £7.65. Continue reading

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Afro-European partnership or neo-colonialism?

AN AFRICAN CLUB is the first to enter into a formal partnership with the Professional Football Players Observatory in Switzerland. ASEC MIMOSAS of Abidjan (Ivory Coast) — a powerhouse of West Africa and past winner of the CAF Champions League — will work with the PFPO to identify leagues and clubs that offer the best career opportunities for young Ivorians trained at ASEC’s well-known MimoSifcom Academy. According to PFPO, Ivory Coast supplies the largest number of players to Europe’s Big 5 leagues. Is this latest collaboration a mutually beneficial deal or a form of neo-colonialism?

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