Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, left, duels
for the ball against Athletic Bilbao's Ander
Iturraspe during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at
the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday,
April 20, 2014.
— Barcelona was cleared Wednesday to sign new players
during the offseason after FIFA froze the Spanish soccer
club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal.
world governing body said its appeal panel
"considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to
be granted suspensive effect."
chairman Larry Mussenden made the decision because the
case was unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening
of the next transfer window, FIFA said.
can plan a transfer strategy in July and August to help
protect the club against a potential ban on signing
players throughout 2015.
has said it will pursue a further challenge against the
ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport if, as expected,
it loses the initial appeal at FIFA.
disciplinary committee barred Barcelona from registering
new players as punishment for signing youth players from
overseas in breach of rules designed to prevent child
temporary legal victory on Wednesday follows a pattern in
similar cases where the appeal process is ongoing.
had a one-year signing ban frozen by CAS in 2009 during
its dispute with FIFA over luring midfielder Gael Kakuta
from French club Lens. That case was eventually resolved
by the clubs before a CAS panel could reach a verdict.
will start serving a one-year transfer ban this offseason
after losing its appeal at CAS in a case involving Guinea
forward Ismael Bangoura, who joined the club from Al Nasr
of Dubai in January 2012.