Barcelona president Bartomeu meets with Blatter

The 51-year-old touched on "general issues relating to the protection of minors" in a conversation between a club delegation and the Fifa chief in Zurich on Tuesday
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu discussed "the protection of minors" in a meeting with Fifa chief Sepp Blatter on Tuesday.

The reigning Spanish champions were hit with an initial 14-month transfer ban earlier in 2014 after being charged with breaking rules over the signing of young players from overseas, although the sanction was temporarily lifted after a successful appeal.

Bartomeu - who replaced Sandro Rosell at Camp Nou after the latter stepped down following the controversy surrounding Neymar's move to the club - led a Barca delegation which met with Blatter in Zurich as part of a "courtesy visit".

The Blaugrana confirmed that topics concerning minors were covered in the meeting but stressed that no specifics were discussed as Blatter is not involved in the decision-making process of the Fifa Disciplinary Commission.

"A delegation from FC Barcelona, headed by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, today paid a courtesy visit on Fifa President Joseph Blatter at the organisation's HQ in Zurich," read a press release from the club.

"This was the first meeting between the two presidents since Mr Bartomeu took over the reins at Barcelona. During their meeting, both men agreed that, at all levels, football authorities must work together for the benefit of the game and its global development.

"The meeting also dealt with general issues relating to the protection of minors, without touching on specifics given that president Blatter does not take any part in Fifa's Disciplinary Commission’s decision making, or in Barcelona's current appeal process."