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Volume 10 No. 22
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Espanyol President Claims Barcelona Has Unfairly Taken Its Youth Players

After criticizing Barcelona for the club's recruitment of La Liga side Espanyol's youth players, Espanyol President Joan Collet "assured on Sunday that his team has the support of the Spanish Football League (LFP)." Referencing LFP President Javier Tebas, Collet said, "He has told me that he understands our concerns and has a series of measures prepared. We will have to sit and debate them." During the last week, Barcelona has "fished five valuable young players" from Espanyol, ranging from ages nine to 15. In just the last six years, Barcelona has signed 24 Espanyol youth players (AS, 6/30).