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Barcelona transfer ban upheld by FIFA

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ZURICH (AP) Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching transfer regulations.

FIFA said Wednesday that its appeal committee confirmed that the signing of 10 players to Barcelona's renowned La Masia program violated rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

Because the Spanish giants launched an appeal against the punishment in April, the ban was temporarily lifted during the current transfer window, which closes on Sept. 1. That allowed Barcelona to spend around $240 million strengthening during the offseason, with Uruguay striker Luis Suarez the headline signing from Liverpool.

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