Mirror: Barcelona to pay £235,000 in fine for West Bromwich starlet
- FIFA demand £235,000 in compensation for Louie Barry.
- Despite signing the starlet on a free transfer, Barry's parent club West Bromwich demand a compensation fee.
- They claim Barcelona haven't paid a penny yet.
The background of the story is peach simple: On Thursday, July 11, FC Barcelona confirmed the signing of youth English international Louie Barry. The 16-year-old has joined from West Bromwich Albion where he played for their U18 side. The English wonderkid was signed on a free transfer which has reportedly angered his parent club greatly.
West Bromwich insist Barcelona haven't paid the necessary sum for Barry which prevents the transfer from being ratified by the English Football Association and the player's parent club themselves.
Moreover, they reported the unfortunate occurrence to FIFA and the European governing body now demand Barcelona to pay £235,000 in compensation, a usual penalty rate FIFA impose on all clubs that pen young players.
With West Bromwich's U18 team, Barry has played 12 games scoring four goals and providing three assists last season. He had also represented Ireland's U16 national side before switching to England. While playing for the U15's side, Barry scored 10 goals in five matches during the tournament in Italy.