A dad has blasted FIFA’s international transfer rules after it stopped his 15-year-old son playing for his local club.
Louiee Scott boards at a private Lancashire school but has been told by FIFA he can’t play for Preston football team Cadley FC because of his Scottish roots.
And with Louiee set for a third summer training with Portuguese champions Benfica after being spotted on holiday, his dad Baz believes the ruling is scuppering his son’s chances of making a career in the sport after he’s spent nearly a year on the sidelines.
He said: “He’s had lots of offers from professional clubs over the years but his education comes first. He’s a talented footballer and our view is if he’s still good enough at 18 then he can make a career out of it then. But obviously having a season without playing one game has a big impact on his fitness and ability.”
The rules are designed to tackle the practice of European clubs poaching under 16s from Africa and South America, but could potentially see Louiee unable to play for the Central Lancashire Junior Football League team until he’s 18.
Louiee was ready to sign for the Fulwood club in October but was told by the FA and FIFA that although he could play for school and train with the club, his registration had been rejected.
This meant he was forbidden from playing in matches with the main reason for the rejection being his parents living in Edinburgh.
“I’m hoping for someone in football with a bit of clout to come and help us out,” Baz said. “We’re now in touch with different lawyers looking into grounds of discrimination because all Louiee wants to do is play football and FIFA is excluding him. We’ve even had to consider moving schools which is the last thing we want to do but he can’t go three years without playing football and that’s what could happen.”