Spanish giants Barcelona have been given a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules on signing international players under 18.
The Blaugranas reportedly broke FIFA regulations which state clubs are not allowed to sign international players under the age of 18 unless the player is moving within the European Union, is aged between 16 and 18 and moving with their parents or the club and the player both live within 50 kilometers of a shared national border.
The sanctions are another blow to Barcelona’s reputation following the controversy over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar, whose signing from Santos prompted allegations of tax evasion and resulted in the resignation of the Catalan club’s president Sandro Rosell.
The ban on Barcelona means the club will be unable to buy players during the summer transfer window which runs between June and August, and the January 2015 window.
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