Spanish giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been banned from signing new players from now till January 2018 following irregularities in the signing of minors.
The clubs had gone to a FIFA court to contest the ban which was handed to them earlier this year for not properly signing players under the age of 18, but in a new statement released yesterday, the world’s football governing body say both clubs have been suspended from making transfers for the next two years and have been fined £278,000 and £696,000 respectively.
The statement read:
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.
“As such, both clubs are to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods for breaching articles 5, 9, 19 and 19bis as well as annexes 2 and 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “Regulations”). The transfer ban applies to each club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s, futsal and beach soccer teams – and does not prevent the release of players.
“Additionally, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have been fined CHF 900,000 and CHF 360,000 respectively, while both clubs have been issued with a reprimand and a warning and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.
“The grounds of the decisions taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the parties concerned today.
“For further information concerning the protection of minors, please read the FAQ document.”
FIFA’s investigation concerned players aged under 18 who played in competitions for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005-2014.
In reaction to the ban, the 11th-time European champions Real described the decision as “deeply unjust and contrary to the fundamental principles of disciplinary law”.
Atletico said they had already hired “a team of international experts to defend the case and protect the rights” of the club.