Arsenal football club accused of child trafficking

The chairman of German football club Bayern Munich has accused the manager of English football club Arsenal of child trafficking. Arsene Wenger picks young European football players and signs them for minimal transfer fees so that they can be trained in England. Cesc Fabregas was relatively unknown before he joined Arsenal at the age of 15 and became an international star. Bayern Munich’s chairman said that ‘We have to take care that this sort of child trafficking is stopped. The word kidnapping is not too far off any more.’ Arsene Wenger denied the accusations, pointing out that the German club had a similar arrangement with the player Santa Cruz when he was that age, who now plays for Blackburn. For more information see


This is hardly the child trafficking that is outlawed and fought against internationally, which involves sexual exploitation, forced labour, slave-like practices, servitude, or the removal of organs. For more information on what you can do to tackle real child trafficking, see


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