/ Soccer

Barcelona will appeal transfer ban imposed by FIFA

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 19:42 | Comments

Neymar scoring for Barcelona last night
Neymar scoring for Barcelona last night

Barcelona have announced they will appeal against the year-long transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA for breaching the governing body's rules on the transfer of players aged under 18.

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.

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)."

The sanctions follow investigations conducted by FIFA's transfer matching system officials into under-18 players who were registered and participated in competitions with the club between 2009 and 2013.

FIFA's rules state international transfers of minors are only permitted under limited circumstances, and have to be ratified by FIFA's players' status committee.

The FIFA statement added: "The disciplinary committee emphasised that the protection of minors in the context of international transfers is an important social and legal issue that concerns all stakeholders in football.

"The committee highlighted that while international transfers might, in specific cases, be favourable to a young player's sporting career, they are very likely to be contrary to the best interests of the player as a minor.

"Young football players are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse in a foreign country without the proper controls.

"This particular fact makes the protection of minors in football by the sport's governing bodies, especially by FIFA, even more important."

The Spanish FA, which violated article 19 of the regulations regarding the first registration of the players, has been given a period of one year in to "regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football".

FIFA only allows international youth transfers when one of three situations apply: the player's parents have moved country for their own, non-related reasons; the move takes place within the European Union if a player is aged between 16 and 18; or the player's home is less than 50 kilometres from the national border being crossed.

User contributions and/or comments do not, unless specifically stated, represent the views of RTÉ.ie or RTÉ.
Click here for Terms of use
Powered by NewsWhip