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Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Atletico files case against Barca

Atletico Madrid has filed a complaint with FIFA over Barcelona's public pursuit of forward Antoine Griezmann.FIFA says it "can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico Madrid concerning the said matter."

Griezmann is under contract to Atletico through June 2022. Manchester United was reportedly interested in signing the France international in the off season, before he extended his contract by one year.

Barcelona officials have reportedly met with members of Griezmann's family about a deal at the end of the season.

Though clubs can report possible illegal approaches to FIFA, it is rare for any case to lead to disciplinary sanctions.

Barnsley bought by owners of Nice

English football club Barnsley has been taken over by a Chinese-American consortium led by the owners of French team Nice and includes baseball executive Billy Beane.

As general manager of the Oakland Athletics, Beane implemented his "Moneyball" strategies glamorised in a movie of the same title that helped the franchise overcome budget constraints.

Barnsley, who play in the second-tier League Championship and spent one season in the Premier League in 1997-98, didn't disclose Beane's stake or provide any financial details of the takeover.

Barnsley's website says the new majority owners are Chien Lee of NewCity Capital and Paul Conway's Pacific Media Group. They took control of French club Nice in 2016. Barnsley, which is located in northern England, is 20th in the 24-team Championship halfway through the season.