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FIFA suspend Barcelona transfer ban

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ZURICH (AP) Barcelona has been cleared to sign new players this offseason after FIFA froze the club's one-year transfer embargo while the sanction is appealed.

FIFA said on Wednesday its appeal panel "considered that the appeal lodged by the club is to be granted suspensive effect."

Panel chairman Larry Mussenden took the decision because the case was unlikely to be resolved before the July 1 opening of the next transfer window, football's governing body said in a statement.

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