FIFA has handed French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes a 16-month transfer ban over a disputed acquisition.
UAE club Al Nasr brought a complaint to the governing body following their claim that forward Ismael Bangoura breached his contract by signing with Nantes.
FIFA concurred that Nantes incited the Guinea international (pictured, right) to break his Al Nasr contract, and they barred Nantes from acquiring any players until the end of next season.
The club appealed the decision but it was turned down by Switzerland’s Supreme Court.
Due to the dispute, Bangoura was suspended by FIFA for four months, which he served during a loan spell at Qatari club Umm-Salal.
With USMNT international Alejandro Bedoya on the books at Nantes and his playing time somewhat diminished in recent weeks, it will be interesting to see if Bedoya chooses to stay through the embargo or leave with the intentions of finding another more stable club.
Nantes begun the Ligue 1 season strong but have stumbled down into 15th position. However, it seems they are well out of the relegation battle, with Nantes nine points clear of 18th-placed Valencienne.
Bangoura was formerly with Rennes in Ligue 1 for a season, making him teammates with Carlos Bocanegra at the time.