Underage Nigerian footballers cause an Italian club to be sanctioned by FIFA.

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Spezia was barred from signing new players by FIFA’s disciplinary panel on Friday.

The Serie A team was discovered to have brought many underage Nigerian players to Italy.

They have been barred from signing new players for four transfer windows, beginning in January 2022 and ending in July 2023.

Spezia will also be fined 500,000 Swiss francs in addition to the suspension.

The Eagles finished 15th in the 2020-21 Serie A season, and the penalty is a setback for former PSG player Thiago Motta, who was named manager a week ago.

“Following an investigation carried out by the Fifa regulatory execution department, the disciplinary commission of the highest football body found that the La Spezia club violated Article 19 of the Fifa regulations on the status and transfer of players (RSTP) by having brought several Nigerian underage footballers to Italy using a system designed to circumvent the aforementioned RSTP article as well as national immigration regulations,” read a statement on Fifa website.

“Taking into account Spezia Calcio’s admission of responsibility for its serious regulatory violations, the Fifa disciplinary commission imposed a market blockade, nationally and internationally, for four sessions along with a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs. Spezia Calcio, therefore, will not be able to register new players for the next four market registration periods established by the Italian Football Federation.”

 


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