On the back of reports suggesting that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were on the verge of being sanctioned by FIFA with transfer bans, both clubs have hit back and deny any wrongdoing.
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In two separate statements, Real and Atleti both claim they are unaware of any impending transfer embargo as the two teams are currently being investigated by FIFA after allegedly breaking rules with regards to signing overseas players under the age of 18.
First up, here’s what reigning European champions Real had to say about the reports in Spain.
“Real Madrid reiterates that the club has always scrupulously adhered to FIFA regulations,” Real said. “Real Madrid is once again saddened by these reports, some of which are intended to cause harm, the only aim of which are to implicate the club in supposed infractions that have not been committed. Real Madrid reiterates once again its absolute commitment to the defense, protection and the correct and healthy development of minors, which take precedence over sporting interests and, as a consequence, confirms its total support of these FIFA regulations and the club’s adherence to them.”
An Atletico spokesman says any FIFA sanction is news to them.
“We have no information regarding that,” Atletico said. “We collaborated with FIFA in the investigation at all times. We are sure that we acted correctly. Because all the licences were processed after approval from the Madrid soccer federation and the Spanish football federation.”
With Barcelona currently on a transfer ban of their own after FIFA found them guilty of breaking similar rules regarding overseas youngsters, the Catalan giants were banned from signing any players from January 2015 until January 2016.
If Spain’s other two top teams end up being punished in a similar fashion, it would certainly impact La Liga and the flow of players across Europe to and from these top teams.
Watch this space as FIFA’s investigation plays out.