Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/27/13
Barcelona is appealing a FIFA directive not to select a French youngster to play in one of its youth teams. According to Barcelona, FIFA sent a communication instructing it not to select 15-year-old Theo Chendri to play in its Youth A squad. FIFA said on Wednesday it had been contacted by Spain's federation about ''the international transfer of the minor player Theo Chendri.'' FIFA declined further comment because ''the matter is still pending with our services.'' Barcelona is renowned for training and educating young players such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta at its Masia academy in the hope they develop the talent to graduate to the senior team. FIFA exerts rigid control over transferring minors across international borders. Barcelona said FIFA initially sent a directive through the Catalan federation not to play Lee Seung Woo, a South Korean whom the club value as one of its most promising talents at Masia. The club said the ban was based on a possible violation of Art...
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