Barcelona slam FIFA response regarding immediately playing Arda Turan and demand clarification

Barcelona have criticised FIFA’s recent response regarding their appeal to register Arda Turan and have demanded that the football governing body clarify their position clearly according to Sport.

The Spanish sports newspaper also translated Barcelona’s statement to English where the club calls for FIFA to state whether they will permit or deny the reigning La Liga champions to register their summer signing.

The Spanish football federation the RFEF have given Barcelona the go ahead to register Turan but FIFA reportedly responded by claiming the move ‘could conflict’ with FIFA rules.

The statement read: “FC Barcelona has therefore reiterated to football’s international body the need for precision in their response — be that an affirmative or a negative —  because it was never FC Barcelona’s intention to request a legal opinion. 

What FC Barcelona requested was authorisation or, if negative, an appropriate a denial. The latter would then allow the club to take the case to the CAS because the registration of players ban has already been completed in its entirety by the club.

The RFEF’s rules suggest, therefore, that a player can be registered.”

Barcelona signed Turan on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid but are unable to register the bearded winger until January due to the FIFA transfer ban currently in place.

Speaking to Sport former Barcelona president Toni Freixa claimed that the reigning Champions League title holders have already served the FIFA ban and are within their rights to appeal Article 123 of the RFEF regulations which states that a player with a long term injury can be unregistered in place for another player.

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