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Vasco complains to FIFA over claims Real Madrid is trying to sign 15-year-old star

Vasco complains to FIFA over claims Real Madrid is trying to sign 15-year-old star

Vasco da Gama has complained to FIFA over claims Real Madrid is trying to sign teenage midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Vasco posted a fax from its club president to his Madrid counterpart on its Web site Friday, saying that Madrid was violating Brazilian law and FIFA rules by attempting to sign the 15-year-old Coutinho.
Coutinho's parents told Vasco that Real Madrid had offered his father a job in Spain "in order to circumvent the provisions" against signing a child, the fax said.
Coutinho "has been formed by Vasco da Gama since his very beginning as a footballer and has not yet completed his training and educational period," club president Eurico Miranda said.
Miranda said that Vasco "has no intentions of negotiating over the player" and has referred the case to the Brazilian youth courts and the FIFA Players' Status Committee.
Coutinho's ball control has been compared to AC Milan star Kaka, the 2007 FIFA player of the year.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:58 GMT+08:00