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FIFA temporarily lifts Barcelona's transfer ban

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 7:03pm IST | Agency: IANS

Barcelona heaved a sigh of relief as world football governing body FIFA temporarily lifted the transfer ban that would have prevented the Catalan club from signing players for the next two transfer windows till the summer of 2015.

The ban was lifted temporarily Wednesday after Barcelona 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.

"FC Barcelona has been found to be in breach of article 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," a FIFA statement read.

"The club Barcelona have 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 read.

Larry Mussenden, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, while suspending the ban took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter and the start date of the next registration period - 1 July 2014.

"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," the FIFA statement said.

"Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect. In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected," the statement read.


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