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Zubizarreta: Other clubs do the same as us and we’re the only ones facing sanctions

by Tom Conn | Posted on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Barcelona sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta spoke about the match against Real Betis on Saturday evening, as well as the sanctions imposed by FIFA against the Catalan giants for illegal transfers of youth players.


In an interview following the 3-1 win over Betis, Zubi spoke briefly about the match before discussing the FIFA transfer ban and how that affects future transfers.

“Matches that come sandwiched in between Champions League matches are very difficult and that’s what happened today.  The best thing was getting the result.  The hardest thing for a referee is interpreting a play inside the penalty area.  We had the ball, but we weren’t organised up top.  We could have killed the match earlier at 1-0, but at 2-1 you always need to be alert.

“The FIFA punishment is unfair and disproportionate.  We have the peace of mind that we always played by the rules.  Everything depends on FIFA’s interpretation of Article 19.  In Spain, Europe and the world a lot of things happen like this.  We always address what they ask of us and since then end of November, nobody’s said anything.  It sounds strange.  Why? Because of the ban.  There are several in the same position and we are the only ones sanctioned.

“We won’t speculate on the possibility of transfers and we’ll defend our rights.  If they punish us, we’ll raise the appeal to TAS.  Then we’ll seek an injunction.

“We’ll go about business as usual in regards to next season.”

Zubizarreta then addressed reports that he had submitted his resignation last week.

“A story was run yesterday but nothing happened.  I feel very supported by the president and everyone here.  We want to clear Barcelona’s name.  I’m convinced we will.  I didn’t submit my resignation, nor do I plan to.  We’ll work through this difficult time and clear Barcelona’s name from this ban.  That’s our mission.”

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