With the January window well underway, Nottingham Forest supporters speak out on the transfer embargo that’s crushing their play-off hopes.
The Reds have been unable to sign players since December 2014 after breaching Football League rules exceeding the Financial Fair Play limits of permitted maximum losses of £6million pounds for a season.
Whilst under the transfer embargo, Forest are not permitted to pay or commit to pay transfer fees for a professional player.
After recently having their ban extended to the end of the current season, with the January transfer window moving swiftly to a close, fans have spoken of the harshness of the ban.
Forest fan Sam Marriott, 21, of Foxhill Road, Carlton said: “I think the embargo is a bit of a farce to be fair.
“Fair enough, we spent over the loss limit, so I would expect punishment, after all it’s meant to teach clubs how to work better financially. However to bring it into context, Paris Saint-Germain broke the Financial Fair Play rules same season as us, and they got a 50 million pound fine. The next day they spent £50million on David Luiz.
But when you look at Forest, we got punished with a transfer ban for three transfer windows. How’s that fair?”
The club cannot pay a loan fee to another club for a player, they can only pay the player’s wage or contribute to it.
They can sign a goalkeeper on an emergency basis, however they cannot pay a loan fee to another club they can only pay the player’s wage or contribute to it.
Sam continued: “However, I think as it stands, Forest have done well with their free transfers this season, getting in proven championship players like Matt Mills and Jamie Ward, as well as high level foreign players like Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes.
“The window has definitely impacted our chances of getting in to the play-offs to not be able to sign the right players, but we’ve definitely been able to use the loan market well which will do us good for the future.”
Forest have managed to sign 11 players on either a loan deal or a free transfer which has helped to cement them as a mediocre squad amongst the league.
Ben Jones, 21, of Ashworth Crescent, Mapperley, said: “I think the embargo has been pretty harsh on us and in one sense we’ve been made an example of in order to try and deter other clubs.
“I think it has had an impact on play-off chances as the club have been forced to target players on frees or free loans leaving us thin with the quality available.”