FIFA have today hit Atlético Madrid with a two-window transfer ban for breaking laws surrounding the signings of underage players.
The ban will be effective from this summer, meaning that Atleti will not be able to sign or register new players until June 2017. The club have also been fined €822,000 for their misdemeanors.
However, the current transfer window is not affected, so we will still be able to make transfers up until the end of this month after the earlier arrivals of Augusto Fernández and Matías Kranevitter.
Real Madrid have also been given the same punishment and a €329,000, after Barcelona were banned back in 2014 for similar offences.
“The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players, as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions,” said a FIFA statement.
Both clubs are expected to appeal the decision, and may be allowed to register players already at the club but not in the first team (such as loanees or canteranos), as was the case with Barça.
An investigation into the two clubs had been going on for almost a year, and Atleti had supposedly been expecting despite originally denying any wrong-doing.
The news comes after stories this week suggesting that we are ready to give new contracts to Antoine Griezmann, Josema Giménez and Ángel Correa, which makes sense and would ensure their futures at the Calderón.
Details are still filtering through, so we will update as and when we hear more regarding just what the restrictions are likely to be.
Do you think the current squad will be able to cope with the ban?