Spanish LaLiga have made a change on the league’s transfer rules after FC Barcelona’s strange signing of Martin Braithwaite.
As reported here on Futaa in February, Barcelona signed Braithwaite to replace the injured Ousmane Dembele - in what was an activation of article 124 of the Royal Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF's) regulations.
The rule permits clubs to complete a signing outside of the regular transfer window as an injury replacement for a footballer who would be sidelined for a period of five or more months.
“The deal was met with widespread condemnation as Leganes, who were ultimately relegated at the end of the season, could not prevent the transfer from happening due to Barca activating the Denmark striker's release clause, nor did the article make provision for the club to sign a replacement,” explained Kick Off.
The event has since seen the RFEF update its new regulations this week, where the controversial clause has been excluded. The change means clubs will now only be able to sign players within the two set transfer windows per season.
Instead of making signings to replace long term injuries, clubs will have to rely on squad depth or promotion of young players from development.