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The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has voted to reopen the domestic transfer market until September 13, two days before the start of the rescheduled season.

A Europe-wide transfer deadline was imposed at midnight on Saturday but as the Italian league season has been delayed by a fortnight due to wranglings over television contracts, the FIGC voted for an extension.

However, the decision may well be challenged by FIFA, who said they had not given their permission for the transfer market to reopen.

“The transfer window closed at midnight on August 31 and until now FIFA has given no exceptions,” a FIFA spokesman claimed.

But FIGC president Franco Carraro claims that only domestic transfers would be affected and therefore the issue was not a matter for FIFA.

“FIFA has nothing to say about it,’ said Carraro. ‘The re-opening is on a national not international level,” said Carraro.

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