Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed FIFA after Barcelona were handed a transfer ban for dodgy deals with young players, as reported by ITV Sport.

The Catalan club will be unable to sign players for the next two transfer windows after being found guilty of persuading under-16’s to join the club which is against the rules.

Wenger has a history of signing young players to the Gunners academy, with Cesc Fabregas the stand out name.

The Frenchman has followed the rules though and he feels Barcelona have been rightly punished for not adopting the same strategy as everyone else.

“Certainly they have not respected the rules.

“The rule is quite simple, you cannot move the players before the age of 16 unless their parents move for professional reasons, so that of course creates a bit of a debate – do the parents move for professional reasons or not?

“In this case, FIFA has judged the parents moved for football reasons and that is why they were banned because they have not respected the rules.”

Barcelona may also be in trouble for their payment regarding Brazilian Neymar in the summer, with Lionel Messi also in court earlier this year regarding tax payments.

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