FIFA youth trans­fer rules chal­lenged

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ZURICH, Switzer­land (AP):

FIFA rules that re­strict youth play­ers from be­ing trans­ferred world­wide are be­ing chal­lenged in a Swiss court.

Zurich law firm Nater Dal­lafior Recht­san­waelte says it filed the case for a 17-year-old player from Africa. It de­clined to iden­tify him or any Euro­pean club sup­port­ing the case.

The case was filed Wed­nes­day in Zurich’s can­tonal (state) com­mer­cial court.

FIFA says it had not been no­ti­fied. The case ar­gues FIFA rules dis­crim­i­nate against youths from out­side the 28mem­ber Euro­pean Union.

FIFA rules limit un­der-18s be­ing trans­ferred in­ter­na­tion­ally to spe­cific cir­cum­stances, such as a player’s fam­ily mov­ing for non-foot­ball rea­sons. There are some ex­emp­tions for 16- and 17year-olds to com­ply with Euro­pean labour laws.

Since 2014, FIFA im­posed trans­fer bans on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid over youth sign­ings.

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