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FIFPro welcomed five very special guests on Wednesday, May 15th. FC Barcelona players Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernández, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol and Marc Bartra visited the FIFPro House to congratulate the world players union and its members with their new office building in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.


It was a pleasant surprise for the more than 100 representatives from the 50 players unions that were attending the morning session at the auditorium of the FIFPro House. They had just witnessed the presentations of former international referee Hugh Dallas (on behalf of UEFA about additional referees) and HawkEye’s Lauren Reader (about goal-line technology).


The FIFPro members accompanied the entrance of Fabregas, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol and Bartra with a big applause. Initially the Spanish players were to attend the opening ceremony of the new FIFPro House on Monday. But they had to cancel that trip due to the celebration of the Spanish title in Barcelona on that same day.


The FIFPro members were given the opportunity to ask questions to the Barcelona players. Many of them did, most of them concerning the problems that players in their respective country are experiencing. All FIFPro members showed their appreciation of the solidarity the players from Barcelona and other Spanish players showed during their strike in the summer of 2011.


FIFPro and its members were delighted by the visit of the players and concluded the morning with a standing ovation for the Spanish champions.


‘The visit of Fabregas, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol and Bartra illustrated the respect and the solidarity that the players from Barcelona have for all other professional footballers and players’ unions worldwide’, said FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen. ‘This is what FIFPro is all about.’


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FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen guides the players through the FIFPro House