Real Madrid and Atletico two-year transfer bans upheld by Fifa after rejected appeals

REAL MADRID and Atletico have seen their appeals over a two-year transfer ban rejected by Fifa.

Last season’s Champions League finalists were both suspended from signing new players until January 2018 after breaching rules regarding the protection of minors.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane (L) looks down next to Atletico Madrid's Argentinian coach Diego Simeone during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 27, 2016. / AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRECURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid and Atletico are banned from making new signings until January 2018
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Fifa also confirmed Atletico had received a £696,000 fine, while Real Madrid must pay £278,000.

A Fifa 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”).

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: Manager Diego Simeone of Club Atletico de Madrid greets Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone will be unable to sign anyone until 2018
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“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 (£696,000) and CHF 360,000 (£278,000) 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.”

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid football club supporters celebrate as the team arrives on Plaza Cibeles in Madrid on May 29, 2016 after the UEFA Champions League final foobtall match between Real Madrid CF, Club Atletico de Madrid held in Milan, Italy. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)
Real Madrid supporters celebrate beat Atletico in Champions League final
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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 15: President Florentino Perez (L) of Real Madrid greets head coach Zinedine Zidane during a training session at Valdebebas training ground on August 15, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
Real Madrid have been ordered to be pay £278,000 by Fifa
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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 21: Kevin Gameiro of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Vicente Calderon stadium on August 21, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Kevin Gameiro could be one of Atletico’s last major signing until 2018
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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
Real Madrid re-signed Alvaro Morata from Juventus this summer
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Real Madrid also reacted to the news with a statement of their own.

Theirs read: ” In light of today’s decision by the FIFA Appeal Committee, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to communicate the following:

“1. The club regrets said decision, understanding it to be deeply unjust and contrary to the fundamental principles of disciplinary law.

“2. The club will begin the appropriate appeals procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), requesting that the decision be completely overturned, with absolute confidence that said organisation will come to an entirely favourable decision.

“3. Real Madrid C. F. will request that the procedure be undertaken in an urgent manner in order to obtain a decision from the CAS as quickly as possible.”

Real Madrid’s only summer business was to re-sign Alvaro Morata, while Atletico brought in Kevin Gameiro and Nico Gaitan as major transfers.


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