The Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) having announced its judgement, which confirms the penalty imposed on FC Barcelona by FIFA as a result of the alleged violation of the regulations regarding international transfers of minors, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) would like to make the following declarations:
1- Spanish football, through its clubs, backs the policy of protecting minors and the concern for both their development and learning. Also, it has recently proposed to the RFEF a suitable compensation system for clubs that develop young talent, which is perfectly compatible with the development of minors.
2- The conduct of FC Barcelona and the rest of the Spanish professional football clubs, is, and will always be in favour of respect for minors and their interests and learning. This was clear in the various work meetings held this season with specialists from all the clubs and SADs (Public Limited Sports Companies) in the LFP on this subject, which concluded with a sports regulation project presented to the RFEF, as indicated above.
FC Barcelona's Masia is a world leader in terms of the school and the training work carried out there, which has allowed hundreds of minors to grow as people and to learn and perfect a profession. Practically all of these young players have, after their training, worked as professional footballers at clubs around the world, especially in Europe.
3- Any errors the club may have committed, and that have been recognised before the corresponding authorities, are in all cases administrative and largely caused by the regulatory conflict between the FIFA regulations and Spanish legislation, as well as the club's conviction to correct behaviour.
In view of the above, we consider that the penalty imposed can only be classed as completely disproportionate, misplaced and bearing no relation to the errors committed, as it is an excessive punishment for FC Barcelona given the conduct of the club and the circumstances of the specific case.
As a result of the existing regulatory conflict in the regulations for the correct protection of the interests of underage players, the current model of Spanish football and the situation of any Spanish clubs who may find themselves in a similar situation, the LFP is carrying out an analysis of the suitability of FIFA's various regulations, as well as the different regulations of the European Union and, based on the results, it will go on to study the possibility of reporting the part of the current regulations on the transfer of junior players to the competent EU bodies.