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Arsenal Owe Barcelona NOTHING

Reports in the British press taht Arsenal have been ordered to pay FC Barcelona £2.2Million are totally false.

It is in fact Arsenal's young starlet Fran Merida has been ordered to pay his former employers the cash for 'formation costs and future value.'

Merida moved to Arsenal last summer after Barcelona made a mistake with contracts, meaning he wasn't tied to the club. Arsenal stepped in and signed the then 16-year-old.

It was after that that Barca took the lad to court to recieve compensation for his move, rather than seeking it from Arsenal.

After a court battle lasting nearly a year, Merida, 17, yes that's right - SEVENTEEN has been orderd to pay his former employers the massive sum.

It is, however, expected that Arsenal will pay the money on Fran's behalf.

Considering the potential of the player, £2.2Million is nothing compared to what Barca will be offering in 5 or 6 years time to take him back to Spain.

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 10 2007

Time: 7:17PM

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hope to see him play soon in CC.
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10/10/2007 19:34:00

£2.2Million is too much isnt it?
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10/10/2007 19:39:00

He'd be worth paying it for, he is very talented, see him in the youth cup last year at the emirates, he oozed class, seems to have that extra second on the ball like fabregas. Cannot see him ever going back to Barca if thats how they treat him, he was 16 when he left them, i suspect it was more natural talent than their training, 2milllion is a bit harsh.
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10/10/2007 19:41:00

I before E except after C.
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10/10/2007 19:47:00

Getting a judgement of 2.2m against a 17 yr old is pretty pathetic imo. Why shouldn't he choose to further his career elsewhere? You'd have thought they'd have learned from losing Cesc. I'm sure we'll pay it, but it's petty and vindictive on Barca's part. They had their "revenge" for Cesc and Meridia by whoring themselves to Henry for 4 years. Ultimatelty they were a match made in heaven.
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10/10/2007 20:09:00

There is one thing we owe them Simmo and that's a damn good thrashing at the Luzhniki stadium on May 21st 2008 ;)
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10/10/2007 20:13:00

oh, niko, don't give me ideas! a re-run, just like Milan got, would be manna from heaven. What are the odds that Lehmann gets sent off again after 12 minutes?
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10/10/2007 20:33:00

dont worry,i will be playing for THE ARSENAL first team soon,and that 2.2 million will be money well this space
fran merida
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10/10/2007 20:45:00

About the same as Sol popping up and getting a goal Afri-gooner!!
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10/10/2007 20:55:00

haha so true niko. This is ridculous for a court to order a 17 year old to pay 2.2 million to a football club. What kinda of person would do that to a kid?
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10/10/2007 21:17:00

It's not so different to the deal that we paid for Cesc. Arsenal reportedly handed over 1mn euros and cancelled a remaining payment of £1.5mn owing from the Overmars/Petit deal. Also all in all about £2.2mn. I guess that was good value and hopefully Merida will prove a good investment.
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10/10/2007 21:43:00

This does sound strange. Does anyone have a link to the full story behind his signing? If it was so simple as Merida being free and signing for whoever he wanted, the court would not have ruled against him (or so I would presume, logically).
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10/10/2007 21:45:00

I googled the story, and I cannot find the logic behind this fine. Arsenal and Merida did nothing against the laws. I dont even see where this was unethical. Merida simply thought his career would be better off at Arsenal. What the hell is the logic in getting a 17 year old to pay a club like Barca £2.2M? I must admit I'm stumped.
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10/10/2007 22:52:00

What about liverpool and man unites they also got players with these types of transfers why are they not getting punished.
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11/10/2007 01:57:00

Considering we earn £3.1m every match, i don't think it'll do us any harm in just paying the money. The youngster has immense potential. I saw him in the Under-17s world cup and he was one of the reasons Spain reached the finals.
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11/10/2007 03:31:00

Barca screwed up the contracts and now wants us to pay compensation??? Totally absurd!!!
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11/10/2007 05:42:00

This isn't a ruling by FIFA or UEFA this is an action taken in the Spanish Civil Courts by Barcelona against Merida on the basis of the 8 years training he received and him then walking out some months before he joined Arsenal. Apparently there is to be an appeal and if so it hasn't reached the end but in principle it seems fair that if a club educates a player for 8 years they should get something back for it unless they release him voluntarily.
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11/10/2007 08:48:00

spainish dogs.. dats why i like valencia, RM and barca are just crooks
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11/10/2007 09:19:00

Spain is a horrible country. the national coach of the spanish team made the most racist remark ever made in football towards Henry ,and how was he punished? 2000 euros. so this is no shocker..
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11/10/2007 09:29:00

I do agree that they should be paid for their efforts in developing him - anything else is unfair. On the other hand this is the same damn club that wants to take Fabregas in the summer or anyone else their President/PR take a fancy to in the summer. So yeah, let's pay the buggers but lets make sure it's long and drawn out just like their tapping up campaigns.
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12/10/2007 00:49:00

According to one Barcelona blog the Spanish judge making this decision if favour of Barcelona is a member of their fan club. Reportedly the matter is being refered to the European Court of Arbitration.
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12/10/2007 09:23:00

It may seem fair in principle to compensate Barca, though I dont completey agree with it. The life of a professional footballer is so unpredictable - how can they be certain Merida will make so much in future ? In that sense, the judgment is flawed as far as the amount is concerned, especially if the fine is to be borne by the player personally. Moving away from looking at the situation logically, this must be what they call 'karma' for Barca :).
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12/10/2007 14:00:00


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