Sanchez: Real transfer ban ‘absurd’

Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez has branded the club’s transfer ban as “absurd”.

Los Blancos and Atletico Madrid have both been banned from registering players for the next two transfer windows by FIFA, due to breaches “relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18”. As a result, any players either club signs prior to the 2017/18 season will be ineligible to play until the ban has lapsed.

In addition to the transfer bans, Atletico were fined $893,000, while Madrid were docked $360,000.

Sanchez has made it clear that Madrid intend to appeal the ban and added that he is confident that the restrictions on the club will be lifted.

“The club is confident the appeal will succeed, even at FIFA. [The ban] was unexpected,” he told reporters. “We’ll do whatever we have to do. We just hope justice prevails and there are no consequences for the club. Hopefully it doesn’t get to [the Court of Arbitration for Sport] but we’ll take it there if necessary. Our intention is to exhaust the sporting options.”

Sanchez also lashed out at FIFA for placing manager Zinedine Zidane’s sons on the list of players that were not properly signed by the club

“The various people in charge at the club have never broken that code. It has never happened. I assure you that the rest of these cases for which the club has been punished are exactly the same. The pattern is the same and the family circumstances the same.”