FC Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has admitted the Catalan giants made mistakes with the registration of minors, but insisted FIFA’s transfer ban is ‘excessive’.
Bartomeu revealed he expected FIFA to uphold the ban and that the club were always planning to appeal to CAS.
"We knew that the Appeal Committee might uphold the sanction. We've committed certain administrative irregularities (related to the registration of minors) in the past, but we've always respected the spirit of the regulations,” he told Canal Plus after the 3-0 victory over Elche.
“We expected to have to appeal to the CAS and now the time has come. Hopefully we'll get a more favourable ruling over the next few months.”
FIFA’s transfer ban means that once this transfer window is closed the Blaugrana will only be allowed to sign their next player in January 2016.
However, Bartomeu confirmed his club used this window to prepare for the ban and added he is unconcerned by the ‘excessive’ suspension.
"We had planned for the season in the knowledge that we might be barred from signing players for two transfer windows," he added.
“In addition, we have the advantage of having an extremely promising B-team. Munir (El Haddadi) shone tonight, but there are other B-team players who can make the breakthrough.”
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