Barcelona appeal over transfer ban rejected by FIFA

There will be no more big money signings like Suarez in the next two transfer windows. Photo: PA

Barcelona have failed in their bid to overturn a FIFA transfer embargo and will be unable to sign players next year.

FIFA announced in April that the Primera Division club would be barred from bringing in anyone for two transfer windows due to concerns over the "international transfer of minors", but Barcelona appealed against the decision.

The Spanish club recruited players including Luis Suarez this summer, while their suspension went on hold during the appeals process.

However a statement from FIFA on Wednesday read "The FIFA appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (RFEF) and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors."