Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been handed FIFA transfer ban to sign new players after breaching rules over the transfer of minors.
Madrid-based clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer of minor players as well as the registration and participation of certain players in competitions. In addition, Atletico have been fined with a 900,000 Swiss francs while Real have been hit with a 360,000 Swiss francs.
“They have been given 90 days to regularize the situation of all minor players connected,” according to a Federation Internationale de Football Association statement.
The clubs have been punished by the disciplinary committee of FIFA for signing players under the age of 18, violating regulations governing the transfer of players. The ban does not cover the current registration period, which runs until 1st of February. But neither side will be able to hand debut to new signings in the summer or next January window.
Real and Atletico announced that they will appeal against the punishment as they have not done anything wrong. Real Madrid director general Jose Sanchez said the ban was “absolutely unjustified” and Bernabeu has high hopes of success through FIFA’s appeals procedure but would go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if necessary.
The ban comes after FIFA punished Barcelona with a year-long ban in April 2014 for the transfer of players under the age of 18. After FIFA handed down the ban, Barca appealed to both FIFA and CAS against the ruling but ultimately lost both bids. Eventually the Catalan club served their punishment during the two transfer windows in 2015.
Barcelona were able to sign six players in the summer of 2014 while the appeals were ongoing against the ban. But Barca were not able to register Turan and Vidal as players until January 2016 and the duo recently made their debuts for the club. IMAGE/Getty Images