FIFA has suspended Barcelona's transfer ban following the Catalan side's appeal against the punishment.
Originally, the Catalan side was banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows for breaching regulations relating to the international transfer ban of players under the age of 18. Their suspension has been put on hold pending the final decision of their appeal.
"The club Barcelona have lodged an appeal before FIFA Appeal Committee against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee that sanctioned the club for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under 18. Together with the appeal, the club requested that its appeal be granted suspensive effect," an official statement read.
"In this respect, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee, Larry Mussenden, took into consideration the sanctions imposed against the club, the complexity of the matter, the start date of the next registration period - 1 July 2014 - and the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee does not seem in a position to take a decision on the main issue early enough so that an eventual appeal of the club against its decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport would still be decided before the beginning of the next registration period.
"Consequently, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect.
"In view of the foregoing, the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee assures that proper and adequate appeal proceedings will take place and, at the same time, that all rights of the club will be respected."
The suspension of Barcelona's transfer ban means that the postponed transfer of Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb is going to happen. Also, the club will most likely sign a goalkeeper and a defender (David Luiz to Barcelona has been making rounds).
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