Barcelona vows not to change youth model despite ban

Barcelona's football club president Josep Maria Bartomeu holds a press conference in Barcelona on April 3, 2014 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. (AFP)

Barcelona's president says the club has been “the victim of a grave injustice” and vowed it will not change its model for recruiting youth players despite being penalized with a transfer ban by FIFA.

Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club has never broken any Spanish regulations in signing young talents to its La Masia academy. He said FIFA's punishment “penalizes a model that has worked for 35 years. We have no intention of changing our model. You can't touch our Masia.”

Bartomeu says other clubs also breach FIFA's rules, but did not name them. Barcelona will appeal the ban.

On Wednesday, FIFA found Barcelona guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations in signing youth players.

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