Ahmed Musa joined Leicester City after their remarkable Premier League triumph in 2016 but struggled to make an impact
Summary: Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, known for their high-profile signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, has been handed a transfer ban by FIFA. The ban comes as a result of the club's failure to pay Championship side Leicester City the owed add-ons related to the transfer of Ahmed Musa. This development restricts Al-Nassr from registering new players and highlights the consequences of financial non-compliance in the football world.
Chennai, 12 July(City Times): Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr made headlines with their high-profile signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, marking their entry into the global football landscape. The acquisition of Ronaldo triggered a series of star arrivals, including Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Marcelo Brozovic, signaling the club’s ambitious spending spree.
Failure to Settle Debts: FIFA’s Punitive Measures
In a major setback, FIFA has banned Al-Nassr from registering new players due to their failure to pay Championship side Leicester City the owed add-ons related to the transfer of Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa. The ruling stems from Al-Nassr’s non-compliance with a previous warning and their inability to fulfill payment obligations, amounting to €460k plus interest.
The Musa Transfer Saga
Ahmed Musa joined Leicester City after their remarkable Premier League triumph in 2016 but struggled to make an impact. Following an unsuccessful stint, he was loaned back to his former club before being permanently sold to Al-Nassr in 2018. Despite winning the league with Al-Nassr, he was released as a free agent two years later.
FIFA’s Stance and Consequences
FIFA’s ruling enforces a transfer registration ban on Al-Nassr, affecting both domestic and international transfers. The ban will span three consecutive registration periods, severely limiting the club’s ability to sign new players. Failure to comply with the ban could result in further disciplinary action by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
Al-Nassr’s Response and Promises
Al-Nassr, under new ownership by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has assured that such issues will not reoccur, emphasizing their commitment to promptly settle the outstanding Musa payment. The club aims to rectify the situation and lift the transfer ban, preventing a prolonged setback in their ambitious plans.
Ban severely limits the club’s ability to sign new players
Al-Nassr’s ambitious endeavors in the transfer market, highlighted by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, have been met with a significant setback as FIFA imposes a transfer registration ban due to their failure to pay Leicester City the required add-ons for Ahmed Musa’s transfer. The ban severely limits the club’s ability to sign new players, prompting Al-Nassr to address the issue promptly and ensure compliance with FIFA’s ruling. The outcome of their actions will determine the impact on the club’s future aspirations.