BrandArena: Fifa hits Barcelona with transfer ban

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Fifa hits Barcelona with transfer ban

Football governing body, FIFA has on Wednesday placed a one-year transfer ban on Spanish Champions; Barcelona Football Club for the next two transfer period after being adjudged to have breached the transfer law.

FIFA said the Club breached the law relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. The sanction follows investigations initially conducted by FIFA Transfer Matching System (FIFA TMS) over the course of last year and subsequently by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee as part of disciplinary proceedings.
 FIFA only permits international youth transfers when one of the three following situations apply: The player's parents have moved country for their own non-related reasons; The move takes place within the European Union if a player is aged between 16 and 18; The player's home is less than 50 kilometres from the national border being crossed.

The FIFA statement added: "FC Barcelona has been found to be in breach of art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of 10 minor players and to have committed several other concurrent infringements in the context of other players, including under Annexe 2 of the Regulations.

"The Disciplinary Committee regarded the infringements as serious and decided to sanction the club with a transfer ban at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, together with a fine of CHF 450,000 [$508,000 or 368,000 euros]. Additionally, the club was granted a period of 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned."

According to article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18, with the exception of three limited circumstances and such exceptions may only be granted after evaluation by the sub-committee of the Players’ Status Committee.

However, it is yet to be unknown if the ban will affect the summer transfer of Alen Halilovic and the potential signing of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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