Spanish power house Barcelona has been banned from FIFA from participating in the next two transfer windows due breaching international transfer rules regarding the transfer of minors.
Investigations had been conducted by Fifa Transfer Matching System (Fifa TMS) and then by Fifa Disciplinary Committee to check on Barcelona activities over the course of last year.
Barcelona was found guilty of several provisions regarding international transfer and registration of non-Spanish minors in the club as well as different regulations in registration of some players in national events.
The investigations particularly monitored Barcelona transfers between 2009 and 2013 and According to article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, international transfers of Foreign players are only allowed if the player is older than 18, exceptions may only be given after evaluation by the sub-committee of the Players’ Status Committee.
The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Barcelona with a ban on Future transfers at both international and local level for two complete transfer windows and also fined the club CHF 450,000 (€369,000).
Now the already planned transfer for Alen Halilovic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen is now in turmoil.
The Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (RFEF) was also sanctioned by FIFA Disciplinary Committee for the same crime and has been fined CHF 500,000 (€410,000) and told to put their house in order regarding international transfer of minors in football.