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FIFA has handed defending Indian Super League champions Hyderabad FC a national transfer ban as per multiple reports. The Nizams have been charged with the ban on the registration of new players. As per the ban, Hyderabad FC cannot register new players into the squad.

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The global football governing body, FIFA has informed the club about the ban through its Player Status Department. As per Khel Now, the national transfer ban has been immediately put in place.

Similarly, Sports Editor, The Times of India, Goa - Marcus Mergulhao also confirmed the report by stating, "Hyderabad FC have been handed a national transfer ban on the registration of new players. The ban is effective immediately as per communication received from FIFA’s Player Status Department."

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Talking about the 2022-23 season, Hyderabad FC is right on track to defend its title after earning a direct semi-final berth. The Nizams have secured the second spot in the points table behind ISL League Winner’s Shield holders Mumbai City FC. This season, Manolo Marquez’s men have won 12 and three games out of 18.  Bartholomew Ogbeche has been the team’s scoring leader with eight goals in 18 games.

Like Hyderabad FC, East Bengal FC was handed a registration ban by the AIFF. The ban has been effective from January 1, 2023. The ban allows the club to sign new players including foreigners but doesn’t permit them to register any new players. The ban was imposed because of murky transfer dealings for Omid Singh an India-origin Iranian footballer who is currently playing for Naft Masjed Soleyman F.C. in Iran, on a two-year contract. 

The Secretary General of the AIFF, Dr Shaji Prabhakaraan released a statement addressing this ban. It said, "This circular is to notify all the Member Associations and the stakeholders of the All India Football Federation that a ban on registration of new players has been imposed on East Bengal FC, a club registered under the Indian Football Association and currently participating in the Hero Indian Super League."

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