Sep
21
2007
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The Barca chief Joan Laporta – clubs should be paid compensation by countries

Joan Laporta from Barcelona believes that national teams should compensate the clubs for useing of their players.
It’s a disgrace that we have to let our international players go to national teams and we don’t receive any compensation, Laporta told the club’s Web site (www.fcbarcelona.com).
The national teams are doing business using our footballers. It’s an issue being looked at by UEFA and FIFA but I don’t see a willingness to resolve it when they could do something immediately.
If they don’t resolve the situation we’ll have to consider not releasing our players for international duty.
Barcelona are upset that striker Thierry Henry, on international duty with France, will not be available for the final of the Copa Catalunya against Gimnastic Tarragona on Tuesday, despite the fact that the striker is suspended from international duty.