31 Jul 2008

FIFA orders clubs to release Olympic players

11:57 am on 31 July 2008

World soccer's governing body FIFA has rejected protests from three European clubs and told all clubs they must release any players aged under-23 selected for the Olympic soccer tournament.

The German clubs Werder Bremen and Schalke and Spain's Barcelona had argued against the need to release players because the Olympics were not included on FIFA's international match calendar.

The clubs have taken their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Now that FIFA has made its final decision the court will examine the case.