The FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctioned the FC Barcelona for reported breaches about the signing of under-age players with a year-long transfer ban and significant fines last April 2 (please see our previous blog entry).

The Spanish club submitted an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee requesting the suspension of the sanction. The Appeal Committee has followed the FC Barcelona request and has suspended the transfer ban while the appeal is pending. The decision was taken by FIFA 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 opens on 1 July.

The decision to suspend the transfer ban was welcome news in Barcelona, which would hence allow the club to sign players this summer.

Ceyhun Pehlivan and Jorge Monclús