Barcelona transfer ban appeal: CAS set Dec 5 for hearing

Barcelona’s appeal against a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking youth transfer rules will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Dec. 5.

CAS says it will give a fast-track verdict before the transfer window opens in January.

Barcelona protected itself against another possible legal defeat by signing extra players in the off-season window.

FIFA allowed that by suspending the transfer ban in April while its appeals panel processed the case.

The case emerged in February 2013 when FIFA blocked Barcelona from selecting youngsters from South Korea, France, Nigeria and Cameroon for competitive matches.

FIFA tightened transfer rules in 2010 to help end what was described as “child trafficking” in which clubs, and agents, took boys to Europe with lucrative contracts promised.

Barcelona has been in the center of transfer misconduct row for some time now, but wishes to end it as soon as possible to enable them make use of transfer market when the window opens in January.

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