Barcelona will not be able to make any signings in 2015 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld FIFA’s decision to punish the club with a ban for two consecutive transfer windows, according to espnfc.com.
FIFA issued the ban in April after Barca were found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations, and world football’s governing body also rejected an appeal in August.
Barca then took their appeal to CAS, but that has also been rejected.
A statement on the CAS website reads: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by FC Barcelona against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) regarding the decision issued by the FIFA Appeals Committee on 19 August 2014.
“In such decision, the Spanish football club was sanctioned with a transfer ban for two periods, a fine of CHF 450,000 and a reprimand after it was found to have infringed the FIFA regulations with respect to the registration of a number of minor players.
“In appealing to the CAS, FC Barcelona sought to annul the FIFA decision. The parties agreed to an expedited procedure and a hearing was held at the CAS headquarters on 5 December 2014 where the CAS Panel in charge of the matter (Prof. Petros Mavroidis, Greece, (President), Mr Efraim Barak, Israel, and Prof. Ulrich Haas, Germany) heard the parties, their representatives and their witnesses.
“The panel found in particular that FC Barcelona had breached the rules regarding the protection of minors and the registration of minors attending football academies (articles 19 and 19bis of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players). Accordingly, the FIFA decision is confirmed in full and the sanction remains in force.
“In view of the need to issue a decision before the opening of the next transfer window, the Panel has issued its decision without the grounds. The full Arbitral Award, with the reasons for the Panel’s decision, will be issued as soon as possible.”
Barca had protected themselves against such a ruling in the summer, when they signed a host of new players.
They are also permitted to renew players’ contracts, such as Dani Alves, and can bring the likes of Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu, both on loan at Sevilla, back into their squad.