FIFA rejects Barcelona's appeal over transfer ban
FIFA rejected the appeal by Barcelona in regards to the protection of minors and breaching transfer regulations, the FIFA Disciplinary Appeals Committee announced.
Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015. FIFA said their signing of 10 players to their La Masia program broke the rules covering the protection of minors.
Barcelona was originally punished in April but appealed the decision, allowing the club to spend nearly $240 million in transfers this offseason, including getting Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool.
Barcelona was also ordered to pay a fine of $494,000 and given 90 days to regularize the situation of all minor players concerned.
Barcelona announced it will take its case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying it will “continue defending its interests before the highest sporting authority."
FIFA said the Spanish Football Federation violated rules covering the registration of minors, and its appeal over its $565,500 fine was also rejected.
On Tuesday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses how strong Barcelona's offense is with Luis Suárez joining the team and who their biggest competition is this season.
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