Article 19 Rule FIFA Unjust Law Marca Article

Article 19 of the Ruling on the Status and Transfer of Players was created with the intention of putting a stop to a practice which was far too widespread in European football: using juniors as the small change in the transfer market.

The rules, which became famous after the sanctions against Barcelona and which are in the news again as a result of the action taken against Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, are aimed at protecting the young players, but in their eagerness to defend, they have in many cases done harm.

This is the case of Camilo Ortiz, a Venezuelan player aged 17, who has been living in Barcelona with his uncle for two years. He was forced to leave his homeland when his parents were imprisoned for political reasons.

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