Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid banned by FIFA from signing players

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid banned by FIFA from signing players

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid banned by FIFA from signing players

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jan, 2016 | 9:16 am

It may be famed for signing the world’s best footballers but there could be no more potential “Galacticos” arriving at Real Madrid until July 2017.

The 10-time European champion and city rival Atletico Madrid, who won the Spanish league title in 2014, have both been hit with transfer bans by FIFA for breaching rules relating to the registration of minors.

Real have been fined $360,000, while Atletico has been told to pay $900,000, and neither club will be able to sign players during the July 2016 and January 2017 transfer windows.

Top clubs often bring in young players and then develop them at their youth academies in the hope that they will go on to become major stars.

Competition is intense to attract the very best young players and in recent years FIFA has shown a willingness to monitor this market.

“The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions,” FIFA said.

However, Real Madrid released a statement on its website denying any wrongdoing.

Both Real and Atletico will be able to appeal their bans and in the meantime are allowed to sign players during the January transfer window, one of two opportunities during the year when clubs are allowed to sign players.

It’s the second time this season Real Madrid has been left red-faced due to an administrative error, after they were expelled from the Copa del Rey — Spain’s primary cup competition — for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev.

Atletico appear better prepared to cope with the transfer ban, having recently signed the youthful quartet of Angel Correa, Luciano Vietto, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Matias Kranevitter.

Both clubs have been given 90 days to regularize the signings of all minor players concerned.

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