The “complexity” of the improper conduct case involving Barcelona will likely allow the Spanish giant to conduct transfer business this summer, as its 14-month transfer ban has been suspended by FIFA during the club’s appeal. FIFA expects the investigation to take longer than July 1, which means it would eat into the transfer window regardless of whether the ban is expected to hold up or the appeal successful. Barca received a transfer ban earlier this month for illegal activity on signing players under the age of 18, the latest in a string of off-field drama for the club that has included tax fraud in the Neymar signing and an investigation into tax evasion for Lionel Messi. And with the club set to embark on a crucial summer of player activity after a relatively-unsuccessful season — and without longtime stars Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes — the suspension of the ban is quite timely.
Barcelona’s transfer ban suspended by FIFA, should allow club to make summer moves
Pro Soccer Talk | Apr 23