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Apr 23, 2014

Barcelona welcome transfer ban call

FIFA has suspended the 14 month transfer ban imposed on Barcelona for breaching rules on signing international players under the age of 18.

Barcelona have welcomed FIFA’s move to temporarily suspend the transfer ban which had been imposed for breaking youth transfer regulations.

FIFA announced early on Wednesday that it had decided to provisionally lift the sanction, pending all appeals, meaning the Camp Nou club will be able to buy players this summer.

Barca reacted with a club statement saying they were happy with the development.

“FC Barcelona has responded positively to the decision announced today by FIFA’s Appeal Committee to provisionally grant suspensive effect to the appeal made by the club against the sanction imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee,” the statement said.

“The sanction was announced by the FIFA Disciplinary Commission last April 2 and prevented the club from signing players during the next two transfer windows. FC Barcelona presented an appeal against the measure within the required period. FC Barcelona declares its utmost respect for the resolutions pronounced by the bodies responsible for sporting justice.”

Barcelona were banned by FIFA in April from signing any players for two consecutive transfer windows after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations.

The Liga club confirmed at that point their intention to appeal the ban, citing the club’s La Masia youth facilities, and on Wednesday FIFA announced the punishment is on hold, pending the appeal.

Barca have already agreed to sign Croatia international Alen Halilovic this summer, with a deal also reportedly in place to bring in Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.

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