Atlético announce intention to dispute transfer ban

Club publish written statement requesting suspension of punishment

Atlético president Enrique Cerezo

Atlético president Enrique Cerezo

Atlético Madrid has formally announced its intention to dispute FIFA’s transfer ban, which will leave the club unable to register players for the next two transfer windows.

In a publication on the club’s website, Atleti declared its innocence.

“We consider that we’ve worked within legality in all cases,” the statement read. “We are also requesting, in written form, the suspension of the transfer ban while this dispute is settled.”

When Barça was given the same ban, the Catalan club didn’t win its case, but managed to delay its consequences.

Atleti hopes the transfer ban will be repealed. Or, at least, dispute it in order to be able to make signings this coming summer.

With rumors linking Óliver Torres to Borussia Dortmund, will Atleti sign a replacement this winter? Or is the club confident the ban will be overturned?