French football team Angers and second-division club Paris FC were banned from the transfer market on Friday for staging a player deal to avoid paying a fee.

Angers and Paris FC, which is chasing promotion to the top division, were each banned from registering new players for one transfer window and fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000), FIFA said.

The clubs were found to have arranged a “bridge transfer” for a player who joined Paris FC last July and then signed for Angers six weeks later.

“It was ruled that the transfer to Paris FC had not been arranged for the purpose of the player playing organised football, but rather to circumvent the rules concerning training compensation,” FIFA added.

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