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FIFA hands two-window transfer bans to Real and Atlético

FIFA hands two-window transfer bans to Real and Atlético

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The clubs have received the same punishment applied to Barça over irregularities involving the international transfer and registration of minors.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has banned Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid from registering new players for the coming two transfer windows over irregularities concerning the signing of minors.

The sanction applies to the registration periods taking place this summer and next winter, with the two sides still able to bring in players until the current transfer window closes on 31 January.

World football’s governing body said both outfits “violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players”. In addition to the bans, Atlético have been fined €821,000 and Madrid €328,000.

According to FIFA’s statement announcing the punishments, the body considers that Atlético committed breaches between 2007 and 2014, and Madrid from 2005 to 2014.

The body had been investigating Madrid and Atlético for a year, in a bid to ascertain whether the clubs had fully complied with the rules laid down in article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, which prohibits international deals involving individuals under the age of 18 except in specific circumstances.

Having examined all the evidence, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, headed up by Claudio Sulser, has reached its verdict.

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