Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid received transfer bans from FIFA for violating transfer rules regarding international players and players under 18, following the one Barcelona received in 2015 for the same reasons.
The Spanish clubs aren’t too pleased, not only about the punishment, but about being the only ones.
According to Real Madrid general manager Jose Angel Sanchez, that could change. “I understand they have opened files on many European clubs,” Sanchez told Spanish channel Cadena Ser.”The first was Barcelona but there are many more. I know they have initiated disciplinary proceedings against English teams but I imagine FIFA has limited resources and therefore cannot do it all at once.”
FIFA? Limited resources? Ok, sure. Moving on.
“I get the feeling that over the coming years there will be one case after another.”
Sanchez and the club were aware of the investigation a few years ago, but believes documentation he sent will clear them of their perceived violation.
“They ask for documentation so you are aware you are being investigated,” Sanchez added.”But we have full confidence in how we did things and never thought we were going to be punished. We are convinced FIFA’s argument is unusual. Our case clearly seems to be a mistake. We believe we’ll be able to defend ourselves.”