Barcelona have announced their intention to appeal against the transfer ban imposed by FIFA.
The Liga champions were hit with an embargo for the next two transfer windows after irregularities were found in their dealings at youth level by world football’s governing body.
Barca were sanctioned after breaching rules relating to 10 signings between 2009 and 2013.
However, the Camp Nou outfit confirmed on Wednesday that they will appeal the decision and could even take the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
A statement on the club’s official website read: “FCB will present the corresponding appeal to FIFA and if necessary will submit the resulting resolution to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
It is not the first time this season that Barcelona’s transfer dealings have come under scrutiny, with former president Sandro Rosell having resigned in January after questions were raised over the close-season signing of Brazil international Neymar.
The 22-year-old cost €57.1million, though former club Santos only received a fraction of that sum and now the signing of young players from abroad in recent seasons has landed Barca in further trouble.
There has been no confirmation yet as to whether the punishment will affect Barca’s expected move for Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee also handed a €410,000 fine to the Spanish football authority, the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (RFEF), who were given a year to “regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football”.
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