Barcelona transfer ban upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport

Barcelona has lost an appeal against a decision banning the club from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, the world football governing body, FIFA, said Wednesday.

As a result, Barcelona found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA also rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a 450 000 Swiss francs (493 637 dollars) fine and have been given 90 days to regularise the situation off all minor players concerned.

The ban was originally imposed in April and would have covered the current transfer window, followed by the next one in January.

However, Barcelona appealed later the same month and the ban was lifted pending the outcome of the disciplinary process.

Barca has since signed Uruguay forward, Luis Suarez, himself serving a four-month ban from football, for 65 million pounds ($108.18 million), Belgium centre back Thomas Vermaelen, France defender Jeremy Mathieu and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to… confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors,” said FIFA in a statement.

“FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015).”

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