Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid handed transfer bans until 2018

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There won’t be any new faces arriving in Madrid for quite some time.

Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been found guilty of breaching transfer regulations relating to minors and FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, has confirmed both clubs will no be able to make any transfers in the next two transfer windows.

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Real and Atleti previously appealed the original bans from January 2016, which meant they were temporarily lifted by FIFA while the investigation continued but FIFA announced on Thursday that it had rejected the appeals and the bans will now stand.

FIFA stated in January they had found both clubs guilty of “breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.” This was extremely similar to what Barcelona were found guilty of and subsequently they were handed a one-year transfer ban by FIFA starting in January 2015.

Reigning European champions Real Madrid, who beat crosstown rivals Atletico in the UEFA Champions League final in May, have already announced they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the ban.

Below is the statement in full from FIFA detailing the ban for the two Spanish giants. This decision will no doubt send shock waves through European soccer in the immediate aftermath and for many months to come.

The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.

As such, 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 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, Atlético 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 a warning and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.

The grounds of the decisions taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the parties concerned today.

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