FC Barcelona to appeal FIFA transfer ban

FC Barcelona have been imposed with a one-year ban for signing under-age players. If upheld, FC Barcelona would not be able to replace Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol who have said they will leave the club in June.

updated: April 03, 2014 10:25 IST
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Madrid: FC Barcelona are to appeal a one-year ban on signing players imposed by FIFA for a "serious" breach of rules in the signing under-age players, the club announced on Wednesday.

The sanction is related to the signing of 10 players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013 with football's governing body also finding the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) guilty of improper practice.

"FC Barcelona will present an appeal to FIFA and if need be will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)," the club said in a statement released on their website.

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