Real Madrid slam FIFA sanctions

Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez has slammed FIFA's 'absurd' sanctions after being banned from registering players for two transfer windows.

Both Real and Atletico Madrid were handed transfer bans by football's governing body on Thursday for breaching rules "relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

The two clubs have both confirmed their intention to appeal the sanctions and Sanchez believes the inclusion of head coach Zinedine Zidane's children on the list of improperly signed players shows the absurdity of the ban.

"The sanction is so absurd and leads to such erroneous statements, such as the sanction for the children of Zidane or the brother of [Ezequiel] Garay," he said.

"This club has never worked with the family to uproot underage players. This club has values and an ethical code. 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.

"The club is confident the appeal will succeed, even at FIFA. [The ban] was unexpected.

"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."

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