International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) imposed a transfer ban at both national and international level on 2 April 2014 on Spanish club FC Barcelona. The ban prohibited FC Barcelona from buying and/or selling players for the next two transfer windows (June 2014 and January 2015).
This ban will last for one year. Apart from this ban, FIFA also imposed financial penalty on FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
In 2013, FIFA conducted an investigation in which it found that both Barcelona and the Real Madrid guilty of making illegal transactions. It was found that both of them breached several provisions relevant to the international transfer and first registration of non-Spanish minors (under the age of 18) with the club. These breaches were touted as serious.
Real was accused of violating Article 19 of regulations of FIFA and has been given one year to regularize their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of underage players.
According to Article 19, international transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18. The Disciplinary Committee underlined that FIFA takes the protection of minors in football very seriously. The protection of minors is one of the key principles included in the agreement concluded between FIFA, UEFA and the European Commission in 2001.
Who: FC Barcelona
When: 2 April 2014