Persepolis handed transfer ban by FIFA: report
Persepolis handed transfer ban by FIFA: report
Persepolis football team have been reportedly banned by world governing body FIFA from signing players in the transfer window.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – Persepolis football team has been reportedly banned by the world governing body FIFA from signing players in the transfer window. The Iranian club was banned by FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) after failed to meet Mario Budimir’s financial commitment.

The club’s ban will be lifted once the debt — a total of 500,000 euros— is paid off. Persepolis has been banned several times over the past years despite advancing to the AFC Champions League twice in three years.

Persepolis football team earned a much-needed 2-1 win over rock-bottom Machine Sazi here in Iran Professional League (IPL) on Saturday. Vahid Amiri scored the first goal for Persepolis after beating the offside trap in the 25th minute. The Persepolis players didn’t celebrate their goal and dedicated that to their former No.25 midfielder Mehrdad Minavand who passed away Wednesday night due to COVID-19.

Every club in the league needs strengthening in some way or another. The titleholders Persepolis seems in need of signing new players more than other teams. They have lost some key players and have struggled to get results in recent weeks.

It would be pretty devastating for any club, especially one that have won four straight titles in the last four season of IPL if they are unable to sign the new player in January.

Previously, Ebrahim Shakouri, executive director of Persepolis, it will be impossible for the club to provide 500,000 euros before Jan. 31 and the club needs to be supported by some external sources.

The Tehran-based club, currently sitting in sixth place at the league table with two games in hands, will be facing a tough period due to their financial difficulties. Fans are unhappy with the recent poor run of results which started with the team’s failure to win the AFC Champions League for the first time ever last month.

While head coach Yahya Golmohammadi constantly talks about the need to strengthen the team by signing new players, a transfer ban will severely impact the club’s plans.

Persepolis had been handed the transfer ban by FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) in September 2020 over non-payment of dues to former coach Branko Ivankovic but the ban was lifted by FIFA on Oct. 30 after the club settled with the Croatian.

  • source : Tehran Times