Clubs will be obliged to release under-23 players for the Olympic football tournament in
A hardline statement was issued by football's world governing body, despite Barcelona having won a court ruling in 2008 against being obliged to release
It means that FIFA will not leave a decision to clubs; for example for Arsenal to decide whether
A FIFA statement read: "The executive decided that the release of the under-23 players by clubs for Olympic football tournaments will be compulsory."
The Court of Arbitration of Sport found in favour of
It is understood that FIFA believes the ruling went against it because it did not make it clear early enough that release of the players was compulsory.
Each men's squad is made up of under-23 players plus three over-age players.
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