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Barcelona to appeal Fifa transfer ban

Published on Apr 3, 2014 3:19 AM
Barcelona's football club president Sandro Rosell (left) is hugged by club vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu during a press conference to announce his resignation following an extraordinary board meeting at the club offices in Barcelona on January 23, 2014. Rosell resigned amid a legal wrangle over the signing of Brazilian star Neymar and leaves the Barcelona football club in the hands of vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu until the end of his mandate in 2016. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona are to appeal a one-year ban on signing players imposed by Fifa for a "serious" breach of rules in the signing under-age players, the club announced on Wednesday.

The sanction is related to the signing of 10 players under the age of 18 between 2009 and 2013 with football's governing body also finding the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) guilty of improper practice.

"FC Barcelona will present an appeal to Fifa and if need be will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)," the club said in a statement released on their website.

"The club will also request precautionary measures that will preserve the rights of the club, including the incorporation of players during transfer windows." The appeal will have to be lodged with Fifa's Appeal Committee within three days and the club could take the case to CAS as a final measure.

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