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14 month transfer ban for Barca

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Spanish champions Barcelona have been given a 14-month transfer ban by Fifa for breaking rules on signing international players under 18.

The Catalan club cannot buy or sell players until the summer of 2015 after the world governing body imposed a transfer ban for the next two windows.

They have also been fined 450,000 Swiss Francs (£305,000).


The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been sanctioned by Fifa for the same breaches.

The RFEF has been given a fine of 500,000 Swiss Francs (£340,000) and told to "regularise its regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football" within a year.


Fifa rules state that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 - unless the player in question meets one of three qualifying criteria.

A Fifa investigation found that Barcelona and the RFEF were guilty of a "serious" infringement of the rules in relation to 10 players.


The investigation centred on several players aged under 18 who were registered and played for the club between 2009 and 2013.


Fifa's disciplinary committee said it sought to protect the best interests of young players, even if an international transfer might be beneficial to their football careers.

"On the basis of this analysis, the committee concluded that 'the interest in protecting the appropriate and healthy development of a minor as a whole must prevail over purely sporting interests'," said a Fifa statement.



Real will be happy, but interesting that action has been taken against such a big club.

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Chelsea paid off Lens and they dropped the charges. Barcelona's offence involves them breaking FIFA's international youth transfer rules so it's not other clubs complaining it's FIFA. It won't go away easy this. It could get a lot worse for them if they get charged over the Neymar debacle.

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How does the no selling part work with EU regulations if an employee of theirs want to go work for another employer and they agree?


The article doesn't say 'or sell' anymore.


They can release him from contract maybe. Isn't there already the Webster thing, it's just there's a non binding agreement not to use it among the clubs.

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