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Spezia free to sign players after appeal to CAS against transfer ban

FILE PHOTO: Italy's Lega Serie A headquarters in Milan
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Italy’s Lega Serie A is seen in Milan, Italy, December 17, 2019. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

(Reuters) – Spezia had their FIFA transfer ban effectively scrapped after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday partially upheld an appeal filed by the Italian Serie A side.

World football’s governing body FIFA handed Spezia a four-window transfer ban last year for breaching its rules on signing minors, which CAS reduced to one window, which the club have already served, with another suspended.

A panel from sport’s highest court in charge of the matter found the number of violations committed by the club to be much lower than the FIFA disciplinary committee had determined and amended the punishment.

“The club is banned from registering new male players… for two entire and consecutive registration periods, of which one period is suspended for a probationary period of three years,” CAS said in a statement.

CAS added that the club had served the transfer ban during the first registration period in January 2022.

The club also had their initial fine of 500,000 Swiss francs ($509,735) reduced to 200,000 Swiss francs.

Spezia were hit with the punishment in July last year for the offence which involved signing minors from Nigeria, after investigations by the Italian police and by the country’s football authorities.

The team, managed by former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta, finished 16th last season.

($1 = 0.9809 Swiss francs)

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)