Barcelona will be able to sign players during the summer after FIFA suspended its decision to impose a transfer ban on the La Liga club, reported by Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association:
FIFA agree to put Barcelona’s year-long transfer ban on hold pending an appeal. Will be able to sign players this summer.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 23, 2014
FIFA released an official statement confirming Barcelona’s appeal ensures a “suspensive effect” is granted.
“The club FC Barcelona has 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,” the statement said.
“Together with the appeal, the club requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect. In this respect, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period — July 1, 2014 — and 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.
“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.”
Earlier in April, Barcelona were banned by FIFA from signing any players for two consecutive transfer windows after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations.
Fans will be majorly relieved by the overturning of the suspension, which means the Blaugrana can strengthen vital areas at the end of the season.
Barcelona’s season has been ravaged by off-the-field scandal and poor form. Allegations of unsolicited funds paid to Neymar and his family upon the Brazilian starlet’s arrival was just the beginning of a troubled campaign, as president Sandro Rosell left the club in the aftermath.