Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will face a two-window transfer ban after FIFA rejected their respective appeals, the world footballing governing body announced on Thursday.
The ban is in relation to breaches of rules on signing players under the age of 18. The rojiblancos have been fined €822,000 and have 90 days to ‘regularise the situation’ of all minor players concerned.
However, both clubs can still take their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), with Real Madrid already having announced their intention to do so.
The transfer ban applies to all divisions of the men’s team, meaning Atleti Féminas won’t be affected by the ban. We will also be able to sell players still, which had been originally prohibited before the appeal.
Having known about the possibility of a ban for almost 18 months now, the club have moved to sign a number of young players recently in order to strengthen the team for the future.
Thirteen players are currently out on loan – twelve of whom under the age of 23 – so we will still have options for reinforcement ahead of our move to La Peineta next season.
Having failed to attain our number one striking target Diego Costa in the summer, pressure is on new signing Kevin Gameiro to deliver as our first choice striker at least until the ban finishes.
We’re awaiting an announcement from Atleti in light of FIFA’s decision, but a reprieve from CAS would seem unlikely on the basis that they rejected Barcelona’s appeal back in 2015.
However, the Catalans did go on to win the treble that year, so perhaps it’s not all bad news…
Can our current squad last until 2018? Is there anybody on loan you would like to see back?