Barcelona announce appeal against 12-month transfer ban

Barcelona will appeal their 12-month transfer ban handed down by FIFA yesterday.

Barcelona will appeal their 12-month transfer ban handed down by FIFA yesterday.

The Spanish champions were sanctioned on Wednesday by FIFA's disciplinary committee for breaking the rules in the case of 10 under-18 players and been punished with a transfer embargo for two transfer windows and a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs (£305,000).

Barca confirmed in a statement on Wednesday evening they would be appealing against the ban.

The statement read: "The club will lodge an appeal to FIFA and where necessary will submit the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)."

In the lengthy statement, which included 14 points in response to FIFA's ruling as the basis for their appeal, the Spanish champions added: "FCB will also demand the relevant interim measures needed to preserve the club's rights, amongst which are those allowing it to sign players in transfer windows."

 
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