CAS upholds FIFA transfer ban on Barcelona
MADRID (AP):The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday dismissed Barcelona's appeal and upheld a transfer ban that FIFA imposed on the club for breaking rules on registering minors as youth players.
"Barcelona had breached the rules regarding the protection of minors and the registration of minors attending football academies," CAS said in a statement.
The ruling means Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015, although they can still renew existing contracts, fire players and recall those loaned to other clubs, such as Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu, both at Sevilla. CAS also upheld a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs ($455,000) imposed against Barcelona.
The club said in a statement it totally disagreed with the ruling and considered the sanction "completely disproportionate".
"Barcelona's youth structure has enabled hundreds of young players to achieve their dreams," the club said.
Barcelona said it was evaluating legal options, including appealing the decision to the Swiss Federal Court.
"A gross injustice has been committed," Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. "Priority has been given to a poorly-conceived rule rather than to its spirit."