FIFA BANS BARCELONA FC FOR SIGNING NIGERIAN TEENAGER
FIFA on Wednesday banned Spanish giants Barcelona from buying players for the next two transfer windows for “serious” breaches of rules on under-age players. FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee found Barcelona and the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) guilty of making or allowing illegal deals.
In addition to the transfer ban, which will effectively last 14 months, FIFA fined Barcelona 450,000 Swiss francs, (369,000 euros, $509,000). The Spanish champions were given 90 days to regularise the situation of all 10 minor players concerned.
One of the illegitimate signings that was investigated by FIFA involved 15 – year – old Dutch – Nigerian striker Omobolaji Adekanye.
A Barcelona source said they were analysing the situation and would make a statement at the appropriate time, but the club are expected to appeal against the shock sanction.
Any appeal would have to be lodged with FIFA’s Appeal Committee within three days and the club could take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a final measure. The ban is a new blow to the image of Europe’s most successful club of the 21st Century following alleged tax evasion in its signing of star Brazilian Neymar.
If upheld, the ban would have serious consequences for Barcelona, especially with veterans Carles Puyol and injured goalkeeper Victor Valdes set to leave in June.
The Catalans were expected to complete the signing of German international goalkeeper Andre Ter-Stegen to replace Valdes.
Croatian international Alen Halilovic’s move to the club, officially announced last week, could also now be put on hold.
In February last year FIFA banned six Barcelona youth team players from competitive games, Lee Seung-Woo, Paik Seung-Ho and Jang Gyeol-Hee from South Korea, Patrice Sousia of Cameroon, France’s Theo Chendri and Bobby Adekanye, a Nigerian-Dutch teenager.
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