Barcelona trans­fer ban sus­pended

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Manuel Pel­le­grini

The Cata­lans’ pun­ish­ment has been sus­pended un­til a fi­nal de­ci­sion on their ap­peal against the ban has been taken

FIFA has an­nounced they have sus­pended Barcelona’s trans­fer ban fol­low­ing their ap­peal against the pun­ish­ment.

The Cata­lans were banned from sign­ing play­ers for the next two trans­fer win­dows for breach­ing reg­u­la­tions re­lat­ing to the in­ter­na­tional trans­fer of play­ers un­der 18 years of age, but the sus­pen­sion has been put on hold un­til a fi­nal de­ci­sion on their ap­peal is taken.

“The club Barcelona has lodged an ap­peal be­fore the FIFA Ap­peal Com­mit­tee against the de­ci­sion of the FIFA Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee that sanc­tioned the club for breaches re­lat­ing to the in­ter­na­tional trans­fer and reg­is­tra­tion of play­ers un­der the age of 18. To­gether with the ap­peal, the club re­quested that its ap­peal be granted sus­pen­sive ef­fect,” an of­fi­cial state­ment reads.

“In this re­spect, the chair­man of the FIFA Ap­peal Com­mit­tee, Larry Mussenden, took into con­sid­er­a­tion the sanc­tions im­posed against the club, the com­plex­ity of the mat­ter, the start date of the next reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod – 1 July 2014 – and the fact that the FIFA Ap­peal Com­mit­tee does not seem in a po­si­tion to take a de­ci­sion on the main is­sue early enough so that an even­tual ap­peal of the club against its de­ci­sion be­fore the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport would still be de­cided be­fore the be­gin­ning of the next reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod.”

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