It's a technicality if I understand things correctly. The rules forbid directly communicating with a player, either directly, through an agent or through the media. But Real (and their legion of minions) never actually say something that could be labelled as a direct communication, at least nothing that would stand up in a court.
"Gareth Bale should move to Madrid" is the usual sort of line which is either printed or said by the manager/president/player/ex-player, something they can deny is aimed at the player. The whole world knows that it is aimed at Gareth Bale (or the current target), but I'm sure some high paid lawyer would be able to get them off on a technicality.
"Gareth Bale, you should move to Madrid" would break the rules. Alas they aren't stupid enough to do that. Even if they did there would be no sanctions anyway, Madrid and Barcelona are pretty much the golden boys of European football and hence FIFA/UEFA won't do anything to stop them.
I also don't understand the fascination with Real and Barcelona. They are viewed as the bestest teams ever (tm) because they tell us they are (especially Madrid). In terms of success they aren't really all that successful in the wider scheme of things. The Spanish league is a joke, most teams are skint and it's not any real competition. In Europe they're admittedly two of the top teams, but not massively better than several other teams. Sure, they have warm weather and bucketloads of cash (probably the real* reason) but for professional development it's surely better to play in a more competitive league (England, Italy, Germany)? Obviously I'm not a professional footballer so my opinions don't really count.
Of course, if Barca or Real wanted to pay £105,000,000 for Lincoln's star player then I wouldn't moan to much. We'd be lucky to get £1.05 though
*No pun intended.
P.S. The English Premier League sponsored by some corporation is massively over hyped as well. The Blue Square Premier is the real premier league
< Message edited by Dixie -- 8/2/2013 12:56:59 PM >