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FIFPro notes the abuse and trafficking of minors relates directly to football's fundamentally flawed transfer system which the World Footballers' Association is challenging on every level to reform.

Heavy sanctions handed out today to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and one the country's premier clubs, FC Barcelona, highlight a key issue – the protection of minors - which FIFPro places high on the agenda as it explores all legal avenues to tackle practices which hurt the players and damage the sport.

As the global guardian for the rights of an estimated 65 thousand professional footballers, FIFPro is taking the lead to ensure the protection of minors is guaranteed.

In addition, FIFPro invites all stakeholders to embrace appropriate measures regarding the implementation of strict regulations which eliminate intermediaries who often play a suspicious role in the trafficking of minors.

Clearly, without the proper controls, FIFPro fears the development of a minor is not adequately protected against exploitation.