Barca’s Transfer Ban: Fifa Lifts Sanction During Appeal, Cleared for Next Window

World football’s governing body, FIFA, has suspended the transfer ban handed Barcelona for the duration of disciplinary process.

Meaning the Catalans will be able to buy new players this summer while the sanction is appealed.

According to Fifa, its appeal panel “considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect”.

The Federation of International Football Association.
The Federation of International Football Association.

Fifa says panel chairman Larry Mussenden took the decision because the case was unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening of the next transfer window.

Barcelona has said it will head to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (Cas) to pursue a further challenge, if- as expected- it loses the initial appeal at Fifa.

The La Liga champions were handed a 14-month transfer ban by Fifa as punishment for recruiting under-age teenagers from overseas, which validates the rules designed to prevent child trafficking.