FIFA has banned Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr from registering new players for two transfer windows after they failed to pay Leicester City the money they owe them over Ahmed Musa’s transfer.
The Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, won the league with Al-Nassr in 2020, but was released by the club later that year due to low performance.
FIFA has ruled that Al Nassr owe Leicester City £390,000 in performance-related add-ons, and have banned the club from registering new players for two transfer windows.
The Saudi Arabian club were warned in 2021 that they would face a registration ban if they did not pay up, and have now been suspended from adding players to their squad.
How long will the ban last?
As a result of the ban, Al Nassr will not be able to register any new players for the 2023-24 season or the 2024-25 season.
The ban is a significant blow to Al Nassr, who are hoping to challenge for the Saudi Pro League title this season.
The club also have Cristiano Ronaldo on their books, but the Portuguese superstar is unlikely to be affected by the ban as he is already registered with the club.
The ban is a reminder of the importance of clubs paying the full amount of transfer fees when they sign players.
According to the reports on GOAL and Daily Post, the ban could be extended to three transfer windows unless Al-Nassr do what is expected from them by FIFA.
Meanwhile, Al-Nassr are taking a look at some players for them to join the team this summer but they will have to settle their issues with FIFA for them to have the green light.
Featuring in 60 games, Musa scored 11 goals and registered 14 assists before he left Al-Nassr.