Aiden Cusick for 90Min:
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld Fifa’s decision to ban Barcelona from making any new signings during the next two transfer windows.
The Spanish giants were handed the ban in April 2014 after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations, and saw an appeal to football’s governing body rejected in August.
CAS has since rejected a subsequent appeal from Barca, meaning they will be forced to make do with the players they have until January 2016.
It’s of course problematic for the Spanish giants, but their slew of signings this window will help ease the problem. Surely they planned for this and will now use their current squad in addition to bringing back loan signings and players from the youth team.
They will likely be back with a vengeance three transfer windows from now—they’ll have loads to spend.