Barcelona banned from signing players until Jan. 2016

The ban, which was first imposed in April, will take place for two complete and consecutive transfer periods

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Spanish football team Barcelona FC will not be able to hire new players until January 2016 following FIFA’s rejection of the team’s appeal against a two window transfer ban.

“FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level,” FIFA said in a statement, according to the sports website Sky Sports.

FIFA imposed a 14-month ban on the Catalans last April after the club were found to have breached rules on the signing of international players under the age of 18.

The sanction was suspended pending the appeal.

The ban will take place “for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015),” the statement read.

In addition to the sanction, the Spanish team was also given a 450,000 Swiss francs fine as well as a year to “regularise its regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.”

The club, who confirmed it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), can still welcome players at the Nou Camp between now and the end of the current window.

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