Aston Villa’s attempt to sign top Australian youngster Reece Caira has been astonishingly blocked by FIFA in a move that has also seen the organisation ban the youngster from football for a year.
According to the Sunday Mercury, the 16 year old midfielder has been told that his transfer from Australia has not been accepted and he cannot play football in England until his is 18 in January 2011, despite the fact that Caira owns a British passport.
Villa are said to be keen on sealing the youngster’s signature as he greatly impressed the Midlands club in a recent trial spell and are working on an appeal case with the FA in an attempt to gain an explanation from Sepp Blatter.
Caira’s father has also been incensed by the incident, claiming:
“I was born in Stevenage and we often came home to see family and football. Reece saw his first Premier League game when he was nine. I realise FIFA have these rules to stop African kids being exploited, but we are a British family. Now Reece won’t be able to play serious football unless he goes back to Australia without us. How can that be right?”
Villa have set lawyers on the case and are believed to also be greatly angered and frustrated about the incident.
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