Barcelona’s appeal over the transfer ban for violating the norms regarding the transfer and registration of children aged under 18 years has been rejected by the world’s governing body FIFA. So, as a result of that, Barcelona are stripped of their power to sign players till the January 2016 transfer window. Barcena have confirmed that they will move to the court of Arbitration for sports for the second time this summer after they moved to appeal the ban imposed on Luis Suarez.
Initially Barcelona was suspended of the ban before the window began. It all broke out in April earlier this year that Barcelona are banned from signing players for 14 months and were fined 450,000 Swiss Francs. According to FIFA, the transfers of International players below the age of 18 are only permitted for players who meet one of three qualifying criteria.
Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club. The news came just few days after the Catalans signed Croatian youngster Alan Hilavic.
With Barca is search of a Central defender and a goal keeper for the next season, ban was suspended until the appeal process has been exhausted. With that, Barca were allowed to sign players. It has been 20 weeks since the ban was suspended and the club has spent nearly 130 Pounds and signed Luiz Suarez, Ter Stegan, Claudio Bravo, Ivan Rakitic, Thomas Vermaelan and Jeremy Mathieu.
And earlier today, the FIFA rejected Barcelona’s appeal once they completed all their transfers. The official statement read “The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors. As such, 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) given that the appeal of the club had been granted suspensive effect by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee. FC Barcelona has also been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 450,000 and been given a period of 90 days from today in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned. Meanwhile, the RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 and granted a period of one year in which to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.”