CAS dismisses Barcelona transfer ban appeal

The Catalan club are banned from signing any players during the 2015 calendar year after their appeal was rejected

Barcelona will be unable to make any signings in 2015 after their appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Catalan giants were handed the initial ban by Fifa after being found guilty of signing underage players from outside of Spain.

And CAS has returned its verdict on Tuesday explaining that they found no grounds to overturn Fifa's decision, thereby confirming Barca's ban.

"CAS has dismissed the appeal filed by FC Barcelona against Fifa regarding the decision issued by the Fifa Appeals Committee on August 19, 2014," said a CAS statement.

"The panel found in particular that FC Barcelona had breached the rules regarding the protection of minors and the registration of minors attending football academies... Accordingly, the Fifa decision is confirmed in full and the sanction remains in force."

Barca's appeal to CAS forced a delay of the initial ban and allowed them to sign Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Alen Halilovic and others during the 2014 summer transfer window.

But CAS’ decision is the final word on the ban, with Europe’s highest sporting judiciary deciding that the suspension of activity will now be in effect during the January window and the summer spending period.

Barcelona will only now be allowed to add to their squad from January 2016, as well as having to pay a fine of around €375,000.