04/23 04:47 CDT FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal
FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal
ZURICH (AP) --- FIFA has cleared Barcelona to sign new players this summer by
freezing the Spanish soccer club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal.
Soccer's world governing body says Wednesday its appeal panel "considered that
the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect."
FIFA says panel chairman Larry Mussenden took the decision because the case was
unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening of the next transfer window.
Barcelona has said it will pursue a further challenge at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport if, as expected, it loses the initial appeal at FIFA.
Barcelona was barred from registering new players by FIFA's disciplinary
committee as punishment for signing youth players from overseas in breach of
rules designed to prevent child trafficking.