FIFA hits Italian trio with two-year transfer bans
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FIFA hits Italian trio with two-year transfer bans
by Jonathan Rest

Three Italian clubs, headlined by Spezia Calcio of Serie A, have been banned by FIFA from buying players for two years for breaching rules related to the international transfer of minors.

The protection of minors is a key objective of the regulatory framework governing the football transfer system. Effective enforcement of these rules is paramount to ensuring that the welfare and well-being of minors are protected at all times.
FIFA

Major sanctions for Minors discretions

 

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said it had sanctioned Spezia, as well as lower league clubs USD Lavagnese 1919 and Valdivara 5 Terre, for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

 

Spezia, owned by US billionaire Robert Platek, are found to have breached article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) by bringing several Nigerian minors into Italy using a scheme aimed at circumventing that rule, as well as national immigration law.

 

As it stands, Spezia are unable to sign any new players in the next four transfer windows through to the summer of 2022-23, although an appeal could allow the club to register players during this window.

 

Spezia were also fined SFr500,000 (€460,000).

 

FIFA said in a statement: "The protection of minors is a key objective of the regulatory framework governing the football transfer system. Effective enforcement of these rules is paramount to ensuring that the welfare and well-being of minors are protected at all times."

 

Spezia finished 15th in Serie A last season, their first in the Italian top-flight, and are part of Platek's ownership group that also includes Casa Pia in Portugal and SønderjyskE in Denmark.

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