Yeah, We All Knew That Would Happen

24 Apr

fifa-logoI didn’t bother to post this yesterday because I wanted to pour all my positive energy toward the Champions League match. Remember that transfer ban that Barcelona got earlier this month? FIFA has already suspended it pending appeal. WHAT A SURPRISE! Sigh.

FROM THEGUARDIAN.COM

Barcelona’s transfer ban suspended by Fifa pending appeal

• Spanish champions free to sign players in summer
• Barcelona could turn attention to Chelsea’s David Luiz

by Owen Gibson

Barcelona are free to sign players in the summer transfer window after a Fifa ban imposed for breaching rules relating to youth players was suspended until after the appeal process has been exhausted.

The chairman of Fifa’s appeal committee, Larry Mussenden, said he had decided to grant the “suspensive effect” sought by the Spanish club.

He said the decision was taken after considering the complexity of the matter and the fact that the committee would not be able to hear the case early enough to permit a final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport before the transfer window opened on July 1.

The decision, which could increase the chances of Chelsea’s David Luiz moving to the Catalan club this summer and freeing up transfer funds for Jose Mourinho, is significant because it will allow Barcelona to sign players ahead of any potential ban being imposed.

With key players, including Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes, having already announced their intention to leave at the end of the season it will allow the club to embark on a rebuilding programme.

Barcelona were originally hit with a ban covering the next two transfer windows after Fifa found them guilty of breaching rules relating to the international transfer and registration of players under 18. As it stood, that would have left the Spanish champions unable to sign players until the summer of 2015.

Players under 18 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 who were registered and played for the club between 2009 and 2013 – found that Barcelona and the the Spanish football federation were guilty of a “serious” infringement of the rules in relation to 10 players.

Barcelona were also fined 450,000 Swiss francs while the Spanish FA was hit with a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs and given a year to “regularise its regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football”.

The club, already under pressure following earlier allegations of tax evasion surrounding the purchase of Neymar, has endured a difficult campaign that has included the departure of president Sandro Rossell and under performance on the pitch relative to their recent stellar record.

Fifa has recently made the protection of minors a priority. In its original decision it said: “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’.”

Honestly, I can’t help but feel that if it had been Real Madrid, that ban would have stood until time immemorial. But this certainly does neatly tie up their major issues such as replacing Valdes, etc.  (He must not be a happy camper right now – he had an ace bargaining chip before).

But when the Lord taketh away, he also giveth and he sure did with the hilarious news of a drug bust that featured weed & psychedelic mushrooms inside candy shaped like the Barca crest.

1b7ceed0-cae9-11e3-b297-3966dc439596_barcachocsWhile Dirty Tackle wrote up the story yesterday, Lee Hurley of the Daily Cannon got off a tweet on Sunday saying exactly what we were all thinking when we saw the news that day.

Daily Cannon Tweet
I bow down to Lee’s brilliance and quick tweeting. I shared this with my Spanish teacher who is a life long cule and she said “Even though they’re drug dealers they’re still proud of their team. ” Fair enough. XD

I think if they were Madridista drug dealers, they wouldn’t use the escudo. The drugs would be in little chocolates shaped like tubs of hair gel or Louis Vuitton murses. Those are things that are instantly associated with our boys. (Sad but true). Maybe wee chocolate tanning beds? Bless. I love my batshit crazy high maintenance grooming team.

BTW, Lee (who is transgender) wrote a great piece earlier this month on the sexist abuse that female football fans put up with for the Mirror. His unique perspective makes for a compelling read.

– Lozil

5 Responses to “Yeah, We All Knew That Would Happen”

  1. Christine April 24, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Oh you must of been reading my mind, as soon as I heard I was like…claro que si! I mean hell why should they ever face the music on anything. Ughhhh I’m trying not to be a hater but…. ok I hate! lol!

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Yeah, I hear what you’re saying. I don’t want to be a dick but I swear it would be different if it was us.

  2. Futbolfan April 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Ya, OBVIOUSLY was my first reaction when I heard the news. SMH. Of course they won’t be punished, not with their impending tax frauds and player crisis and horrific season, of course not.
    But lolololol the mes que un club comment and your teachers response really got me. Ahahahahah

  3. jellyace April 25, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    And in other news: Barca just signed the 17-year-old “Croatian Messi.” DUH?!?

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 25, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Yeah – Alen Hailovic, who is awesome. They confirmed the signing back in March but there was some worries about it not going through because of the suspension. That deal has been in the works for ages.

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