FIFA’s Appeal Committee has rejected the appeals by the Spanish football clubs “Atlético de Madrid” and “Real Madrid” for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee’s decision (reported on 14 January 2016) found that the clubs had violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and registration of underage players as well as other provisions which concerned the registration and participation of such players in certain competitions.

Both clubs have been ordered to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any new players for the next two transfer periods (2 January 2017 – 31 January 2017 and 1 July 2017 – 31 August 2017). FIFA’s press release confirmed that the 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, each club received a fine (Real Madrid – 900,000CHF and Atlético – 360,000CHF) together with a reprimand and warning giving ninety days in which to resolve the situation of all minor players concerned.

Following the verdict, Real Madrid released an official statement confirming that “The club will begin the appropriate appeals procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), requesting that the decision be completely overturned, with absolute confidence that said organisation will come to an entirely favourable decision” which was echoed by Atlético’s official announcement – “Our club does not agree with the ruling, so it has decided to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS/CAS)”.

We will as ever keep you updated on any future developments.