FIFA rule clubs must release Olympic stars

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A FIFA-appointed judge has confirmed clubs are obliged to release players aged 23 and under for next month´s Olympics football tournament in Beijing.

A statement issued by world football´s governing body FIFA on Wednesday confirmed the judge of the Players´ Status Committee, Slim Aloulou, agreed with FIFA´s previous ruling that it was "mandatory" for players to be released for Olympic duty.

The judge was called to rule on the matter after Werder Bremen, Schalke and Barcelona questioned FIFA´s stance as the Olympics do not appear on FIFA´s official calendar.

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