Bad news for Barcelona. On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced that the Catalan club's appeal of the FIFA transfer ban has been dismissed, which makes the ban to remain in force, meaning that Barça are officially banned from the market for the next two transfer windows.
The CAS has finished its investigation, and they agreed with FIFA's decision due to irregularities found in the signings of ten under-18 players between 2009 and 2013 made by the Blaugrana.
On their website, Barcelona released a statement expressing their disappointment at the decision, calling it an "excessive punishment for the Club":
The errors that the Club might have committed, and which have been recognised and argued before the corresponding authorities are, in all cases, of an administrative nature and to a large extent have been caused by the existing conflict between the FIFA regulations and Spanish legislation, along with the Club’s conviction that it was acting correctly.
Therefore, FC Barcelona considers the sanction to be completely disproportionate as it supposes an excessive punishment for the Club, when considering its trajectory and the circumstances of this specific case.
That's the second decision going against Barcelona this year. In August, the CAS upheld FIFA's ban on Luis Suárez for the biting accident in the World Cup. Just four months later, another ruling hurts the Blaugrana.
From now until 2016, Luis Enrique will have to work with the same squad. His only options for additions are in Barça B, with Sergi Samper, Munir El-Haddadi, Sandro Ramírez and Adama Traoré considered the favorites to get promoted to the senior team, which becomes more likely after this decision.
What do you think, Barça fans? Is the decision fair? Does Barça possess a squad strong enough to win titles until next year?
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