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Top Spanish clubs, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have lost their appeals against transfer bans imposed by world football governing body, FIFA for breaking rules protecting underage players. Players involved were aged under 18 who played in competitions for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005-2014.

The rivals were initially charged early this year but appealed and were allowed to sign players during the last transfer window. Unfortunately FIFA’s appeals committee dismissed both clubs’ appeals window and now they have to serve their bans.

“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”),” a FIFA statement said.
“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.”

The implication there is they can make deals with other clubs to sign players, but cannot register them to play. Atletico were fined £622,000, while Real Madrid were given a £249,000 fine.

Recall that Barcelona were also dealt a similar blow in April 2014 after breaching rules on the transfer of under-18 players.

Reacting to the verdict, Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane said, "I don't understand anything. It's unfair, absurd. We're going to wait and hope the issue gets resolved. The club will do everything in its power to overturn this sanction. I hope things get fixed quickly."

Both Spanish teams are however taking their cases to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).


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