The Banned Barca Kids

In 2013 FIFA began to investigate the signing of Barcelona teenager Lee Seung Woo. Barcelona were banned from buying players for the next two transfer windows for serious breaches of rules on under-age players & nine young players have had their dream of playing at Barça hit…. but what has happened to those 9 players?

Lee Seung-Woo – South Korea
Has three years left on his contract with Barcelona and will be able to begin playing in January 2016.

Paik Seung-Ho – South Korea
A midfielder for Juvenil A. Has now turned 18 but can’t play until Barça are allowed to sign players again.

Jang Gyeol-Hee – South Korea
Right winger for Juvenil B. Said today that he wants to leave as he cannot be registered till next season.

Patrice Sousia – Cameroon
Spotted at the Samuel Eto’o football school in Cameroon, Patrice Soussia, who no longer has the right to play in official matches for his club since February 2013, will stay with the mother of one of his teammates and play with a third regional division team in Catalonia until his 18th birthday, 18 January 2017 when he will then return to Barcelona.

Theo Chendri – France
French midfielder with Juvenil A. Was able to play again when he turned 16.

Bobby Adekanye – Nigerian-Dutch
Left winger who is on loan as PSV Eindhoven. Joined Liverpool this summer.

Ben Lederman – USA
American midfielder who plays for Cadete B. Joined in 2011, but won’t be able to play until 2018 in theory. Returned to the US this week.

Takefusa Kubo – Japan
Four years was too long to wait and the Japanese striker decided to return home to FC Tokyo.

Kais Ruiz – France
French midfielder who was part of Infantil B. In January, Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed he would return to French with PSG.

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