Barça receives 14 month transfer ban from FIFAApril 2, 2014
FC Barcelona has been banned from player transfers for 14 months and been fined 450,000 Swiss francs after being found guilty of breaching FIFA rules on international players under the age of 18.
Although they will no doubt appeal, this is a serious blow to the club, as they need to bolster the midfield and find a replacement for Victor Valdes, who is currently planning on leaving the club this summer when his contract expires.
The Spanish Football Association, the RFEF, has also been sanctioned for breaking the international transfer rules on minors. FIFA says that the protection of minors is an important social and legal issue in this context as they may negatively affect the youngsters involved. The club was ruled to be in breach of the FIFA regulations between 2009 and 2013.Source: FIFA
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