FIFA youth transfer rules challenged
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.