Atlético’s transfer ban upheld after FIFA reject appeal

Red and whites can still take appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

FIFA headquarters in Zurich

FIFA headquarters in Zurich

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?

  • nandes

    The only parts of the squad I’m worried about are

    CM : Gabi and Tiago won’t last much long, Augusto gets injured often & Kranevitter has had an iffy start at Sevilla so far. Since we didn’t sign somebody else Koke and Saúl will have to end up playing there for sure

    LB: Theo seems good but he’s a bit too young still, but Filipe will probably still be the main starter until the transfer ban ends anyway

    Otherwise and bar an unexpected sell I think we’ll be fine

    Really wish we had kept at least one of Borja/Oliver/Manquillo….

  • jodo

    How does this affect Torres? He only signed a one year deal. If he does well this season and the club wants him to sign a new deal–can it happen? If the ban is two windows–that’s winter and summer of 2017–exactly when Torres’ one year deal is done.

  • Kris

    I think it’s registering new players… so we should still be able to extend a player’s contract before it expires. So, if we were to extend Torres’s contract on June 29th, 2017 before it ends on June 30th, 2017, we should be fine.
    Also because Torres’s contract would end June 30th 2017, we will probably be able to sign him on as a free agent any time during the season after the summer transfer window ends.

    Anybody who is more knowledgeable of this matter, correct me if I am wrong.

    Even if he doesn’t do too well, we’ll probably keep him on for ceremonial purposes to move in to the new stadium. Imagine the scenes when he scores the winner to finally give us the Champions League Trophy this season. We’ll probably name the new stadium “Estadio el Nino.”

  • jodo

    Seriously, don’t toy with my emotions…

  • Hannu

    What if Gameiro flops and Torres cant keep on form he had at the end of last season? We are screwed! We should have kept Borja.

  • atleti10

    You’re right, we can recall players and extend contracts.

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  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Or at least kept Leo… Remember him?

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    As we should have known this was going to happen, I think players like Borja and Oliver should have been kept when u look at the type of player each is along with their age. Also we seemed to have forgotten that we sold a relatively young Leo Baptistao without giving him a fair chance either but we’ve kept much older players for those positions (Not that i hate older players but risk of long term injuries are real)