Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: English clubs effectively ‘kidnapping’ young players Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused English clubs of effectively “kidnapping” young players from overseas. Bayern are due to open the doors on a new youth academy in the north of Munich next summer, and the club chairman has declared he would have “moral reservations” about filling it with pre-teens from other countries. “We don’t want to bring some 10 or 11-year-old to Munich like the English do,” he said in comments published in the club’s magazine. “You could almost speak of kidnapping with them and I would have moral reservations about that.” “Our priority will certainly be Germany and Bavaria,” he said. “Our future talented players will much rather come from Rosenheim than Rio.” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/21/karl-heinz-rummenigge-premier-league-young-players This is a complete lie by Rummenigge. I have never liked this guy, because this is typical of his dubious character. Im not an expert on Youth movement or FIFA laws but Im pretty certain that Liverpool cant take players until they are over 16 (from England) or 18 (from Europe and the world) . They most certainly do not take 10 or 11 years olds from Europe or South America. Im pretty sure that is against FIFA rules. Here is a quote in an article about a 15 year old: "In clear terms, the rule says that youth players are not allowed to register with a team in a country other than their own until they are 18. FIFA lists three exceptions: If a player lives within 50 kilometers of a country’s border and his desired club is within 50 kilometers of the same border; if a player is moving from one European country to the other and is at least 16; or if a player’s family is moved to a different country for reasons “not linked to football.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/s...ules-sidelines-young-players-abroad.html?_r=0 The reality is Bayern are at least ten years behind English and Spanish academies. And the facgt is, BAyern wont be able to get young palyers from other countries anyway. But to slur thr English without provocation, whilst actually promoting their own academy is ridiculous. http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/aff...e_status_and_transfer_of_players_en_33410.pdf Page 17- the protection of minors. No contract under 18, unles (16-18) the parents move to the new land (and a few other exceptions). But obviously 10 and 11 is ridiculous, and I think it is poor journalism from the Guradian to print tnhis without referring to the falseness of the comment.