West Brom will not receive any compensation from Barcelona for Louie Barry
West Brom will not receive the compensation they claimed from Barcelona for striker Louie Barry which will leave the Hawthorns faithful enraged.
According to The Athletic, FIFA made the shocking ruling that the Baggies failed to formally offer him a scholarship due to which they’re not eligible for a single penny.
The Midlands club complained to the governing authority about the Spanish side owing them £110,000 in training compensation after he left their academy to join Barcelona in 2019.
The FIFA ruling read, “The form provided to the player on 13 February 2017 cannot be considered as a contractual offer in the sense of the regulations but rather an indication of the claimant’s (Albion’s) intention to sign a scholarship agreement with the player once the latter reached the statutory school leaving age applicable in England.
“No evidence was provided by the claimant in support of the allegation that it was interested in retaining the player’s services after the alleged acceptance of the form by the player and his parents.
“In particular, no evidence was provided indicating that the claimant would have remitted the scholarship agreement to the player for signature on, around or after his 16th birthday.”
It’s shocking that FIFA has sided with such a big club, knowing that the amount mentioned could be beneficial for the Baggies more than what it would for Barcelona
Barry returned to England just six months after his move to the Nou Camp and joined Aston Villa for £1 million which could rise to over £3 million with add-ons.
The Baggies felt that they deserved compensation for training him, and it’s ridiculous that because of him not being offered a scholarship, they will now not get a single penny for developing the player.
FIFA’s rules typically allow players to leave for foreign countries with a small compensation rather than a fee so the Baggies deserve it.
Had he stayed in England, they would’ve got decent compensation for his services.
He’s been at the club since a six-year-old and the fact that he’s moving for seven-figure fees means that they’ve done a terrific job at making him a bright prospect for the future.
That said, there’s nothing that can be done but to accept the ruling and move on.
Hopefully, the Baggies get more than what they’ve claimed by securing promotion to the Premier League for next season.
In other West Brom news, Baggies ace is now ruled out for two games with Ismael setting a timeline for his return