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Reggina fume: Chelsea lured Camilleri with helicopters, money, power

Reggina are fuming with Chelsea as the London giants wrap up the signing of Italy U16 defender Vincenzo Camilleri this week.

Reggina president Lillo Foti snapped: "Another talent of Italian football has been removed from our world. This happened because of negotiations initiated by a club, Chelsea, in a time that should not allowed because the footballer had not reached sixteen years of age.

"Camilleri - despite an invitation from the club - refused to participate in official games, as he preferred to go to London, accompanied by his mother and an agent to reach a financial agreement with Chelsea. Everything that has happened has done so outside the national and international rules."

Foti then revealed: "To reach their goal, Mr Frank Arnesen and Carlo Jacomuzzi, using the helicopters of Abramovich, have landed in an area not within their jurisdiction, the Sports Centre of Sant'Agata and have ransacked it, putting on a display of power and money, compared to the daily work and sacrifice of Reggina."

Foti says he intends to take the case to UEFA president Michel Platini, no great friend of the Premiership, and other official bodies.

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ggina contacted the Italian Football Federation and Uefa after the London club allegedly snatched 15-year-old defender Vincenzo Camilleri from under their nose. The player had been expected to sign with Reggina next month when he turns 16 but has now apparently turned down the chance to sign a professional contract with the club and chosen to join Chelsea instead. The clubs’ president claimed Chelsea's representives had “put some pressure on with money." "The player was contacted a couple of months ago when he was and still is a Reggina player," said a very angry Foti.

"This is an action of disloyalty and incorrectness. Reggina must announce that Vincenzo Camilleri has refused to take part in an official game for the club and has preferred to travel to London accompanied by his mother and a type of agent to reach a financial agreement with Chelsea,” he added.

"All this stuff is illegal, the local and international regulations have been broken; by using helicopters owned by Chelsea chairman Abramovich, Frank Arnesen and Carlo Jacomuzzi did all this mess; they arrived in our premises...despite not having permission to do it, and they took all our hard work away with arrogance and money", explained Fotti.

"Roman Abramovich's Chelsea think that with money they can take away, from Reggina and Italian football, those values with which, with care and sacrifice, the small clubs follow to give youngsters an opportunity to develop," complained Reggina's major shareholder, with some justification.

And now, UEFA president Michel Platini, has got involved and expressed his disapproval about the situation. Platini told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Young players should remain in the club they come from with their families, postponing their move to another club or another country until they are 20 or 22.

"Whoever makes that leap at the age of 14 can risk returning destroyed at 16, just because they didn't succeed.

"I don't like the system for players to be taken away from nations that otherwise lose their talented players. "Due to money the best players go to the big clubs,” said the European governing body’s leader. Football is a game, it should not become a product," Platini concluded.

FIFA regulations currently allow the transfer of 16 to 18-year-olds as long as it is between member states of the European Union. Maybe now time has come for a change.

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Wheres that from ?

Anyway -Funny how ManUtd attract praise for spotting and snapping up a nine year old and Arsenal get away with 'acquiring' young kids. Even Messi was 'signed' to Barca at age 12.

I suppose its because they're great clubs and we're not.

But then maybe they don't go about it in this nefarious way?

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The parents of Chelsea's prospective signing Vincenzo Camilleri have hit back at Reggina president Lillo Foti over his claims this week. In an open letter published by Corriere dello Sport, the Camilleri family said: "President Foti knew everything and that at the end of January we had met with Chelsea.

"We are not going to London for money, Reggina offered more."

The Camilleris also made it clear they were furious with the comments made by Foti over the way they were treating Vincenzo and claims they were gambling with their son's future by taking him to Chelsea.

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The parents of Chelsea's prospective signing Vincenzo Camilleri have hit back at Reggina president Lillo Foti over his claims this week. In an open letter published by Corriere dello Sport, the Camilleri family said: "President Foti knew everything and that at the end of January we had met with Chelsea.

"We are not going to London for money, Reggina offered more."

The Camilleris also made it clear they were furious with the comments made by Foti over the way they were treating Vincenzo and claims they were gambling with their son's future by taking him to Chelsea.

tribalfootball.com

yeah and old lilo wouldn't be hooting if they had signed him first, and got some of that lovely dosh off abramovich for the kid...........................they just make me laugh these people he moans about the money in the game then hoots when he dont' get any :rolleyes:

regards: JBD

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