Barcelona Issued 15 Month Transfer Ban By FIFA

2 Apr

BannedHello all! I’m finally back from my trip to Spain & England. I’m cross eyed from exhaustion and have a mountain of unpacking to deal with but this news was too juicy not to share right away. This was the first thing I saw when I woke up.  The chickens are coming home to roost for Barcelona and it ain’t pretty.


Barcelona transfer ban: Fifa issues 14-month sanction

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.

Barcelona are hoping to sign a new goalkeeper at the end of the season, with the long-serving Victor Valdes leaving the Nou Camp at the end of his contract.

The four-time European champions have been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while they agreed a deal to sign 17-year-old Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic last week.

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.

Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club.
A Fifa investigation – centred on several players aged under 18 who were registered and played for the club between 2009 and 2013 – found that Barcelona and the RFEF were guilty of a “serious” infringement of the rules in relation to 10 players.

Fifa told BBC Sport the identity of these players was confidential.

Its 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.

It is the latest off-the-field issue to trouble Barcelona this season.

Earlier this year, the Catalan club were accused by the Spanish authorities of tax evasion relating to the £50m purchase of Brazil forward Neymar. A criminal investigation is under way, despite Barca making a “voluntary contribution” of more than £11m in taxes.

The club’s president Sandro Rosell resigned after he was accused of misappropriating funds in the deal.

Rosell and his successor Josep Maria Bartomeu insist the 22-time Spanish champions have not acted illegally.

Analysis of Barca ban
by Andy West
European football writer in Barcelona

“This is a shattering piece of news for a club that had already endured a very difficult season off the pitch following allegations of tax evasion around the signing of Neymar.

“That saga led to the resignation of controversial club president Sandro Rosell in January. Now his replacement, Josep Maria Bartomeu, can expect overwhelming pressure from fans to call new presidential elections as soon as possible.

“The impact upon the team is also hugely significant. With veteran captain Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes leaving at the end of the season, the club had already announced their intention to splash out on top-class replacements. Now that seems impossible, which means the squad will be severely weakened next season.

“It is also yet another massive blow to Barca’s previously much-respected global brand, which has taken a huge battering in the last few months and will be further tarnished by this latest development.”

The Mirror has a live feed of reactions and updates on the ban for more information. I’m sure they will appeal it and will probably get away with a slap on the wrist because  it seems like this shit always goes away for them. However, I think this has got to be a major wake up call that they need to do some serious sorting out of their business. People are growing tired of the sketchiness around these deals.

– Lozil

11 Responses to “Barcelona Issued 15 Month Transfer Ban By FIFA”

  1. mygypsyspirit April 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I don’t delight in this because I’m a Madrid fan… I am just happy that there are repercussions being dealt for sketchy deals.

    • number1barcachick April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      I heard on ESPN FC they are also investigating Real and Athetico. And oh well, broke the rules pay the price

      • mygypsyspirit April 3, 2014 at 7:41 am #

        They’re investigating the entire RFEF from what I heard.

  2. Nooria April 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Barca or not, teams who break the rules deserve just punishment

  3. Anonymous April 3, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I would be hesitant to delight in Barcalona’s problems because you never know if Real did something fishy and is found out. I would suppose RM would be a target just because they are who they are, i.e., the team that has the most money.

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Who said I’m delighting in their problems? I’m just saying the dirty laundry is coming out and it ain’t pretty. Sandro Rosell is a rather sketchy dude, so I’m not really surprised. If RM had inappropriate dealings, they need to be taken to task for it as well. Football (as well as other sports) are big business so there’s always some shadiness going down. (Calciopoli, anyone?) People will push the limits in any way they can when large sums of money are involved.

      • Anonymous April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

        I just mean that when there is that much money, that much clout, there is bound to be some sneaky dealings. RM must be under a ton of pressure by the people who run the show to keep winning.

        • headbandsandheartbreak April 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

          Oh undoubtedly they are. As a few other people said, looks like all the clubs are being investigated, including RM.

  4. Lilly April 3, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Given that the breach in regulations involved deals with multiple clubs, they (Barca and the RFEF) might not get off lightly, if at all. Barca has tried to used Chelsea as a case, but to no avail. Regarding RM, the latest I’ve read is that they could be investigating the contract of Luca Fernandez, one of Zidane’s sons.

  5. Dia April 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Now if they can just start punishing the racist behavior and name calling like they are the “rule breakers” here.

    As an RM fan, I would hope they’re not doing anything like this given the amount of scrutiny they’re probably under. I would think this kinda thing is easier to get away the lesser accomplished teams. Wasn’t Seville recently under investigation for something?


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