Nantes are free to sign players again after a ruling previously upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was overturned.
The newly-promoted Ligue 1 club had a transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA after the governing body deemed that Ismael Bangoura’s move to France from Dubai club Al Nasr represented an unjustified breach of contract.
The CAS ruled that the ban should remain in place but a Swiss court has now overturned that decision, allowing Nantes to begin building their squad for the 2013-14 campaign.
“Following Nantes’ appeal, the Federal Court has decided that the CAS ruling will be suspended,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
“Thus, Nantes can now register new players until further notice.”
Nantes, eight-times champions of France, will compete in the top flight next season after a four-year absence.