FIFA Dashes Korean Teen's Dreams of Playing for Barca Youth Team

Teenager Lee Seung-woo has been banned from playing for Barcelona's youth team after FIFA deemed him underage.

The world governing body of football said on Monday that the 15-year-old violated the rule stating that players have to be at least 18 years old to be eligible for international transfers.

Lee moved to Barcelona's youth team in 2011 when he was 13.

The club has sent a letter of complaint to FIFA arguing that other clubs have skirted the rule and not been punished or otherwise interfered with.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 19, 2013 10:35 KST