Barca broke the rules, says Wenger

The Arsenal boss believes that players under the age of 16 should not be made to move countries without their parents after the Catalans received a transfer ban

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Barcelona are guilty of breaching Fifa regulations with regards to their recruitment of Under-16 players.

The Blaugrana were handed a two-window transfer ban earlier this week, but the club have vowed to fight the sanctions.

However, Wenger, who clashed with the Catalans on numerous occasions over their public pursuit of former Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas, believes they definitely did not follow protocol.

“It’s certain that they haven’t followed the rules,” he is quoted as saying by Sport.

“The rule is very clear: you cannot sign players under 16 unless their parents change residence for professional reasons.

“But it creats a debate – should parents change residence for professional reasons or not?

“What is not fair is that children under 16 move without their parents. This should be very clear.”

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