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Fifa Has Imposed A Two Year Transfer Ban On American Owned Italian Team Spezia

What did FIFA have to say about it?

“After an examination conducted by the FIFA Regulatory Enforcement Department, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee found that Spezia Calcio had breached article 19 of the FIFA Rules on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) by importing multiple Nigerian minors into Italy using a strategy aimed at bypassing the aforementioned RSTP article as writ large,” FIFA said in a statement released on Friday.

“Taking into account that Spezia Calcio accepted responsibility for its major regulatory transgressions, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed a four-year registration suspension at both the national and international levels, as well as a fine of CHF 500,000.”

“Spezia Calcio will thus be unable to register any new players for the following four registration periods established by the Italian Football Association,” says the statement.

What punishment has been meted out to Spezia?

Spezia will be unable to recruit any new players for the next two seasons as a result of FIFA’s sanction.

A PS394k fine will also be imposed on the club.

Spezia can file an appeal, in which case the sentence will be suspended, allowing the club to add to its team during the summer transfer window.

Spezia, who are they?

Last season, Spezia finished 15th in Serie A, defeating AC Milan 2-0 at home in February.

Thiago Motta, 38, was hired as the club’s new manager last week, giving the former Italy midfielder a way back into the game after being fired as Genoa’s head coach after only two months in 2019.

Platek, an American businessman, bought the club in February.

Platek is a partner of MSD Capital, a private equity firm founded in 1998 to handle the Dell family fortune.

In recent months, MSD has become more involved in football, lending money to Derby County, Southampton, Sunderland, and Burnley.

(Picture courtesy of Getty Images/Gabriele Maltinti)

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