Madrid duo hit with transfer bans

FIFA have announced that La Liga neighbours Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been issued with transfer bans for the next two windows.

The two capital clubs were alleged to have breached the same transfer regulations that led to arch-rivals Barcelona being banned for the past two transfer windows.

The Catalans were allowed to sign players during the January 2015 transfer period and the following off-season window, but were unable to register any new recruits.

The same will now apply to Los Blancos and Los Colchoneros after FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee confirmed that the duo had violated transfer regulations pertaining to players under the age of 18.

A statement from world football’s governing body read: “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, which does not affect the current registration period at all, given that it opened before the decisions were notified, 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, Atletico 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 given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.”