Premier League

Cardiff City smacked with January transfer ban

Arsenal v Cardiff City - Barclays Premier LeagueThere have been some raised voices amongst Cardiff supporters in the Tavern today after news that their side have suffered from a transfer ban as a result of breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The embargo will be in place for the remainder of the current transfer window and sees the Bluebirds become the fourth Championship club to receive the penalty after Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

As it stands, the ban would prevent the 9th placed Championship side from completing a permanent £1 million deal for forward Tony Watt who is currently on loan from Charlton Athletic, although his current loan move is expected to be extended instead.

However, whilst they ensure that they will be co-operative over the decision, the old man in the corner claims that the Welsh outfit are considering an appeal against the decision as they insist that they have not breached any of the Financial Fair Play regulations.

A statement on the Bluebirds’ official website read:

“Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that it has been made subject to an FFP embargo during the January 2016 transfer window. Whilst extremely disappointed that the Football League has decided to take this action, we will remain co-operative and compliant with the League’s position in respect of Financial Fair Play.”

“Having fully disclosed all matters in respect of our FFP position for 2014/15 and having taken independent expert advice, it is our firmly-held view that Cardiff City Football Club has indeed complied with the FFP requirements for season 2014/15 – contrary to the League’s position.”

“As such, further advice will be sought, prior to a decision being made internally as to whether or not an appeal will be lodged.”

“The embargo, now in place (albeit subject to possible appeal), will stay in effect for the remainder of the January 2016 transfer window. Cardiff City Football Club again expects to trade within the set FFP limits for 2015/16 and therefore anticipates full participation in the summer 2016 transfer window.”

Cardiff fans, how devastating could this transfer ban be as your club look to bolster your squad this month? Let us know in the comments below!

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