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FIFA won't let banned young players live or train in La Masia

FC Barcelona was sanctioned for illegal transfers

FIFA won't let banned young players live or train in La Masia
FIFA won't let banned young players live or train in La Masia

FC Barcelona was sanctioned for illegal transfers

La Masia

In the season 2013-2014 a matter related to the irregular signing of players under age bursted in, and it's already leading to dire consequences for FC Barcelona. FIFA sanctioned professional teams preventing them to incorporate new players until January 2016 and banned nine children (signed irregularly) to play with their mates.

Of these nine children, there are three that are no longer in the club: Bobby Adekanye, Takefusa Kubo and Kais Ruiz. A 4th player Theo Chendri, turned 16 and since he is from the European Union, he can play again.

Therefore, there are 5 players in La Masi (Barcelona's Academy) who are ineligible to play since 2013. Now FIFA has gone a step further and, according to the journalist Oriol Domènech, has notified Barcelona that these players can not train —the only activity they could do with the squad— or live in La Masia until they turn 18 years old.

With this situation, Ben Lederman (who lived in Barcelona with his family) has decided to return to California. But Oriol Domenech explained a much more delicate case: Patrice Sousia, a player from Cameroon aged 16, lives alone in Barcelona as his family are in his origin country. If FIFA does not let him live in La Masía, Patrice will become homeless. That's why the family of his teammate, Àlex Collado, has offered to host him. Àlex's brother, Jonathan, who plays in another team from Barcelona, has offered him to train on his team. At the moment, Patrice's situation is resolved.

Now we'll see which will be FC Barcelona's reaction, and if FIFA have the right do decide where the players can live.