Barcelona's appeal of transfer ban dismissed
Barcelona's appeal of a transfer ban for the entirety of 2015 has been denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, The Guardian reports.
FIFA penalized Barcelona in April amid concerns about the international transfers of players under 18 years old. In August, FIFA denied Barcelona's appeal of the ruling, and today's ruling means Barcelona will not be active during the next two transfer windows.
"The court has dismissed the appeal filed by Barcelona against the Federation Internationale de Football Association regarding the decision issued by the FIFA appeals committee on 19 August 2014,” a statement from CAS read.
"In such decision, the Spanish football club was sanctioned with a transfer ban for two periods, a fine and a reprimand after it was found to have infringed the Fifa regulations with respect to the registration of a number of minor players."
During the appeals process, Barcelona acquired several players during the offseason transfer window, most notably Uruguay forward Luis Suarez from Liverpool. The club was able to spend nearly $240 million on transfers while awaiting a decision.
Barcelona is 12-2-2 and in second place in La Liga behind Real Madrid. Barcelona plays Real Sociedad on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino