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Transfer ban on Barca

Berne: Barcelona have been given a transfer ban for two consecutive windows and fined 450,000 Swiss francs ($509,400) for breaching rules on the international transfer of foreign under-18 players, Fifa said on Wednesday.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) was fined 500,000 Swiss francs after soccer’s world governing body found it had also breached rules on the transfer of minors, Fifa added in a statement. The decision by Fifa’s disciplinary committee means the Spanish champions will be barred from taking part in the transfer market until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Fifa described the infringements, which occurred between 2009 and 2013, as “serious” and said Barca had been given 90 days to regularise the situation of the players involved.

The RFEF was also given one year to “regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.”

Fifa said: “The RFEF and FC Barcelona were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of non-Spanish minors with the club.

“Barcelona has been found to be in breach of... the regulations in the case of ten minor players and to have committed several other concurrent infringements in the context of other players.” Barcelona will lodge an appeal to try to overturn the ban. “FCB will present the corresponding appeal to Fifa and if necessary will submit the resulting resolution to the CAS,” Barca said.