Spanish Federation Ends Controversial Signing Outside Transfer Window Rule

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Spanish Federation Ends Controversial Signing Outside Transfer Window

The Spanish Federation has decided to cancel the controversial transfer rule that allowed Barcelona to sign Braithwaite outside of a transfer window last February.

The rule, article 124.3 in the Spanish federation regulations, allowed clubs to sign a player from another team after the window had shut if a player in their squad in the same position had been declared injured for a minimum of five months.

But the rule was omitted from the Spanish federation ‘s latest body of regulations released on Tuesday, and now only players who are out of contract or unemployed are permitted to join clubs outside the transfer window.

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When Barcelona signed Denmark striker Braithwaite from fellow La Liga side Leganes in February, after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for six months due to rupturing his hamstring, the regulation, which only existed in Spain, came under global scrutiny.

Leganes, who vented their frustration at the continued presence of the regulation, were unable to stop the move after Barca activated Braithwaite’s 18 million euro release clause and were unable to sign a replacement attacker.

Leganes were eventually relegated from La Liga on the final day of the season.

Braithwaite ‘s signing led to a condemnation by FIFA, while the President of the Spanish Federation, Luis Rubiales, admitted at the time that the rule was unfair and promised to put an end to it.

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