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FC Barcelona News: 4 April 2014; Alen Halilović Transfer Should Go Through Despite Ban, Referendum Approaches

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A history of the communications between FIFA and FC Barcelona concerning underage players registration | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed in his press conference this evening the full extent of communications between FIFA and FC Barcelona concerning the registration of underage players

Barcelona breach appears indisputable, claims leading sports lawyer -
"Their statement doesn't actually deny that they've breached regulation 19 so I don't think their defence is going to be that they are innocent," Lynam told Goal. "It is more likely that they will argue that the sanction is disproportionate and they will try to use the grounds that they have set out as mitigating factors as to why the sanction is too high."

Pedro Lopez Jimenez denies Real Madrid had nothing to do with Barcelona's transfer ban - ESPN FC
"Not Real Madrid nor me myself, as a member of FIFA, have had anything to do with the punishment which Barcelona have suffered," he said. "That is the responsibility of FIFA's Disciplinary Committee. Unfortunately given what has happened, I have nothing to do with that [committee].

Josep Maria Bartomeu vows La Masia won't be touched | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken about how unhappy the club is with thesanction imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Commission for violations of its regulations on the transfer and registration of players aged under 18. "We are annoyed because we feel we are the victims of a gross injustice", he told a press conference this evening. "It is an excessive measure."

Josep Maria Bartomeu calls for strong turnout | FC Barcelona
This Thursday is the final day for providing information on the Proposed New Espai Barça, which has involved extensive efforts to ensure that the FC Barcelona members are crystal clear about what the potential project involves.

Referendum: come and enjoy the day out | FC Barcelona
Saturday 5th April is day of the Referendum for the New Espai Barça, and the Club has prepared a whole series of activities for the whole family, in the hope that many Barça followers will turn up and make the day a complete success. The Stadium Esplanade is the place where all the activities, for people of all ages, will take place.

Match day voting in the past | FC Barcelona
It is not a normal situation for a game to be played at the Camp Nou with an election going on in the background. In fact, it has only happened twice before, and on both occasions the opposition was Real Madrid. The first was on April 1, 1989, when Josep Lluís Núñez was re-elected president. The game itself ended without score.

Alen Halilovic's transfer to Barcelona will happen despite FIFA ban, says Bosman lawyer - ESPN FC
Belgian lawyer Dupont, who played a leading role in the famous case involving player Jean-Marc Bosman which forced FIFA to change its transfer rules in the 1990s, told Catalan radio show Esports RAC1 that he is representing Halilovic and that the timing involved meant the transfer would still go through as planned.

Ancelotti: Ronaldo won’t play tomorrow | Football Espana
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the game against Real Sociedad. The Coach spoke at a pre-match Press conference and said that the forward won’t travel to Anoeta. Instead he will remain in Madrid for further rehabilitation on his knee injury.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa set to miss second leg against Barcelona | Sky Sports
The club did not specify how long they expected their top scorer - he has scored 33 goals this season - to be sidelined for. However, Costa was reported by Spanish media as confirming he will miss the return against Barcelona as he left the medical clinic where he had undergone a scan on the injury and is expected to be sidelined for up to 10 days.

Arda Turan injury doubt for Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Turkey international Arda was substituted late in Atletico’s 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg draw at Barcelona on Tuesday, and underwent tests back in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. A subsequent club statement stated that an injury had been picked up, but did not give any suggested recovery time.

Basel beat Valencia 3-0 as Matias Delgado scores brace | Sky Sports Football
Basel took the lead in the first leg of the quarter-final on 34 minutes through Delgado and he added a second goal four minutes later to put the Swiss side in command. A last-minute goal from Valentin Stocker wrapped up the win to leave Valencia with a daunting task to qualify for the semi-finals ahead of next week's second leg at the Mestalla.

Eliaquim Mangala earns Porto win over Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Eliaquim Mangala's first-half goal proved decisive as Porto beat Sevilla 1-0 in their Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Estadio do Dragao on Thursday night. Two clubs famous for their attacking brands of football struggled to entertain and the hosts needed a first-half diving header from highly-rated defender Mangala to edge the first leg.