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Barcelona call for Liga transfer pardon; Real, Atletico bans would see 'collapse'

Barcelona's transfer spokesperson Charly Rexach has called for a general pardon for La Liga clubs found to have breached youth transfer regulations, saying that if Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid join Barca in being unable to sign new players there is a danger that the "world of football collapses."

Barca are currently banned from signing new players until January 2016 after being found guilty of multiple breaches of the regulations regarding the signing of foreign youngsters, in a punishment initially deferred but finally upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Real and Atletico, who also have large numbers of non-Spanish youth players on their books, could face similar bans from FIFA, although both clubs say their cases are different and they do not expect to be punished.

Other La Liga outfits, including Valencia and Villarreal, may also be in trouble with FIFA for having looked overseas for emerging talents for their "cantera" youth systems.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has previously called for a general amnesty for La Liga clubs, while Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar reportedly discussed this with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at a recent meeting about the issue.

Rexach, who has previously called Barca's ban "the biggest nonsense I have seen in recent years," told Esports Cope that a pardon was the best option as otherwise the results could be catastrophic.

"There should be a pardon for everyone," he said. "Barca has lost out in this already, and the Solomon-style solution [a reference to the Biblical tale] is a pardon for everyone. If we have three teams who cannot sign players, the world of football collapses."

Real Madrid could face a similar punishment to Barcelona's one-year transfer ban, according to reports.

Rexach, who is a member of Barca's Football Area Technical Commission alongside ex-Milan director Ariedo Braida and current Blaugrana directors Jordi Mestre and Javier Bordas, also spoke about the uncertain future of the club's right-back Dani Alves.

Alves is out of contract at the Camp Nou this summer, and has reportedly rejected Barca's first offer of a new deal amid interest from other clubs. However, the former Blaugrana player and coach Bordas said he was sure the Brazilian would remain in the end.

"I am among those who see him staying," Rexach said. "I am convinced that Dani Alves will stay at Barca."

Rexach said that Barca coach Luis Enrique, whose future also remains in question despite the team's current chance of winning a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble, was also sure to be at the Camp Nou next season.

"[Luis Enrique] is doing very well, he has the best numbers in the history of the club," he added. "He will fulfil his contract. What more do we want?

"It is difficult for the team to be going any better, everyone is available, we are playing well and our rivals have some problems. The wind is favourable."


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