On April 2014 the FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctioned FC Barcelona for reported breaches about the signing of under-age players with a year-long transfer ban and significant fines (please see our previous blog entry).

The Spanish club submitted an appeal before the FIFA Appeal Committee requesting also the suspension of the sanction. The Appeal Committee followed the FC Barcelona request and suspended the transfer ban while the appeal was pending (please see our previous blog entry).

The FIFA Appeal Committee has just decided to reject the appeal submitted by FC Barcelona as well as by the Spanish Football Federation and to confirm in their entirety the decision rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Therefore, FC Barcelona will be unable to register any players for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015). Hence, the Spanish club will not be able to sign any new player until January 2016.

FC Barcelona has announced that will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).