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FC Barcelona sanctioned for buying child players

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(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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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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