By Ceyhun Pehlivan and Jorge Monclús
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Spanish Football Federation (“RFEF”) and Spanish club FC Barcelona for “breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18“.
The investigations undertaken by the FIFA Transfer Matching System over the last year confirmed that both the RFEF and FC Barcelona had violated provisions relating to the transfer and registration of international minors, as well as other relevant regulations regarding the registration and participation of certain players in national competitions between 2009 and 2013.
Accordingly, the FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has deemed the above-mentioned infringements as serious and decided to sanction the Spanish club with a transfer ban at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods as well as a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs (approximately €370,000). Moreover, FC Barcelona has been granted a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the affected minor players.
Additionally, the RFEF has also sanctioned with a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs (approximately €410,000) and ordered to regularise its regulatory system concerning the international transfer of minors in football in a period of one year.
FC Barcelona has recently issued an official statement confirming that they would appeal the ban to FIFA.