Al-Nassr, the Saudi Arabian club has been hit with a FIFA ban preventing them from registering new players. The ban stems from the club’s failure to pay Leicester City the add-ons related to the transfer of Ahmed Musa, the Nigerian forward.
The ruling was initially released in October 2021, warning Al-Nassr of the consequences if they failed to settle the outstanding amount. As a result, Al-Nassr is now facing restrictions on domestic and international transfers.
Al-Nassr’s Unpaid Add-Ons
Al-Nassr signed Ahmed Musa from Leicester City in 2018 for a fee believed to be around £14 million. However, the Saudi club failed to fulfill the add-on payment obligations, amounting to a reported £390,000.
FIFA’s ban prevents Al-Nassr from registering new players for three consecutive transfer windows. This ban serves as a consequence for their non-compliance with the original ruling and failure to settle the outstanding amount owed to Leicester City.
Impact on Al-Nassr’s Transfer Activities
The ban has come as a setback for Al-Nassr, especially considering their ambitious transfer activities in the current window. The club has already brought in notable players such as Marcelo Brozovic from Inter Milan, as part of their strategy to bolster the squad with European stars. However, the FIFA ban restricts them from further signings, leaving their transfer plans in jeopardy.
Resolving the Issue
Al-Nassr’s lifting of the ban is dependent upon settling the unpaid add-ons owed to Leicester City. The Public Investment Fund (PIF), which has recently invested in the club, has expressed its readiness to pay the outstanding amount. This commitment aims to rectify the situation and enable Al-Nassr to resume their transfer activities.