Barcelona, Spain (4E Sports) – FIFA has rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a ban imposed for repeatedly breaking youth transfer regulations, leaving the team unable to sign any player in 2015.
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (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,” FIFA said in a statement.
The soccer governing body also fined FC Barcelona 300,000 pounds and gave the team 90 days from today in which to regularize the situation of all minor players concerned.
“Meanwhile, the RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 (330,000 pounds) and granted a period of one year in which to regularize their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football,” FIFA added.
In April, FIFA banned Barcelona from signing any players for two consecutive transfer windows after the club were found guilty of breaching regulations in place to avoid the exploitation and trafficking of young players.
While the appeal was pending, the Catalan club has been busy during the current transfer window, spending over 150 million euros on Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo, Thomas Vermaelen, Alen Halilovic and Jeremy Mathieu.
In a statement, Barcelona said it will “continue defending its interests before the highest sporting authority, in this case the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)”.
“The resolution is an affront to the spirit of our Masia, a world renowned example of academic, human and sporting education,” the team added.
Barcelona will be able to sign players up to the end of the summer transfer window on Sept. 1 before the ban comes into force in January and extends through next summer. They will not be able to add to their squad again until January 2016.