Sorry, link in Dutch. Arsenal was fined three million Euros because they got Fabregas at the age of 16; as he did not have a full pro contract with Barcelona yet, Arsenal did not have to pay a transfer fee. Same story for ManU contracting Piqué for free. This is a complex story that I've written about before on these boards. In countries like Spain and indeed the Netherlands, clubs are not allowed to give their youngsters a full pro contract until they reach the age of 18. At a younger age, they get a neo-pro contract which obviously does not protect them from premiership clubs making their move as in the premiership there's no age limit for contracting professional footballers (correct me if I'm wrong). I'll be interested to see how Arsenal and ManU will react to this; I'm guessing they'll refuse to pay as what they did does not go against British law. Barcelona have already announced that they will take their case to European court if ManU and Arsenal refuse to pay. I'm predicting that the EU will soon make an end to premiership clubs snapping up continental teenagers on the cheap and I'm glad for it.