Football governing body FIFA have announced that Iranian international attacking midfielder Saman Ghoddos is banned from playing in all official matches for 4 months, following a transfer dispute with Spanish side Huesca in the summer of 2018.
The player and his old club Östersund have been ordered to pay the club in question €4m, as reparations for the perceived prejudice suffered by Huesca. Last summer, Huesca believed that they had landed the arrival of the Iranian. The player and his representatives had even arrived in Spain to conclude the deal, before Ghoddos refused to sign the contract.
Östersund denied that an agreement had been reached with Huesca to other clubs, notably as leverage in talks with Rennes. Ghoddos eventually joined Amiens for €4m.
Huesca lodged a formal complaint to FIFA, who produced this ruling, which also bans Östersund from signing players during the next two transfer windows.
Amiens were not considered to be guilty in this affair, but will not be able to select Ghoddos for 4 months in any event.
The Iranian has the possibility to appeal this ruling with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).