FCB issues statement on FIFA transfer ban

April 3, 2014

Following yesterday’s shock announcement that FC Barcelona would receive a 14 month ban on player transfers for violating FIFA’s rules on international signings of minors the club, as expected, has issued a statement and will appeal the decision.

Key to the club’s defence is that the youth training academy, La Masia, does guarantee the development of young players signed by the club whose number include Lionel Messi, who joined Barça in his teens.

Source: FC Barcelona

The FIFA sanction is a blow to the club, whose reputation has been further sullied after the allegations of tax fraud surrounding Neymar’s signing and the subsequent resignation of Sandro Rosell as club president.

For an organisation that prides itself on being “more than a club”, FC Barcelona is not doing well at the moment and making the news for the wrong reasons.

There is a suggestion that the vote on the future of the Nou Camp, due to take place on Saturday, will become a vote of no confidence in the club leadership by club members, many of who are unhappy that elections did not follow Rossell’s resignation. Whether this happens or not remains to be seen, but it does appear that much is amis behind the scenes.

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