FIFA has prohibited Real Madrid from registering new players for the next two transfer windows and Jose Angel Sanchez, Real Madrid director general believes the decision is totally unfounded. He believes Real Madrid will be successful when they appeal against the judgment.
Real Madrid, together with cross town rivals Atletico Madrid was given the punishment for “improper” acquisition of youth players under the age of 18.
The ruling does not take immediate effect, and both clubs are free to transfer players in and out of their clubs until the end of the month, when the current transfer window closes. The ruling will become effective in the next transfer period (summer of 2016)
Financial punishments have also been handed down to both clubs. Real Madrid have been fined £250 000, while Atletico were fined £620 000.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid immediately applied to have their judgments overturned. Real Madrid held a media briefing at their Santiago Bernabeu home late on Thursday to clarify and deny all three charges laid against them. Representing the club were Jose angel Sanchez and club legal services director Javier Lopez Farre.
The Marca newspaper said that Sanchez feels the ban was completely unfair, groundless and unjustifiable. Sanchez added that it was false that Real Madrid had used players in matches without having enlisted them with the Spanish Football Association. Sanchez believes that a mistake by the authorities in banning Real Madrid based on these allegations. He gave full backing to the clubs team of ethical professionals, who he said are steadfast in their specialty.
Sanchez is very confident of the ruling being overturned, but was quick to point out Real Madrid would not hesitate to elevate their issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if they are somehow unsuccessful with their appeal to the FIFA appeals committee.
FIFA had announced that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have breached a number of rules relating to player movements and enlisting youth players under their books with the Spanish Football mother body. Irregularities were also noted with playing certain players in certain matches. FIFA publicized the £250 000 and £620 000 fines handed down to both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively, and allowed both clubs 3months to straighten out their youth transfer irregularities.
Fellow La Liga outfit Barcelona, are fresh from a similar ban that began in April 2014 and lasted for 12months. Barcelona lost their bids to have the punishments overturned with FIFA. They again lost their appeal after elevating it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. During the appeals process, Barcelona were able to sign half a dozen players, including star forward Luis Suarez, just over three month into the ban while their appeal was being heard.
Barcelona, from Cataluña, served their punishment for the following two transfer periods. They managed to sign Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid and Aleix Vidal from Sevilla last summer, but both players could not be enlisted by Spanish Football as Barcelona players until the end of the clubs ban this month. Only then were Vidal and Turan able to appear for Barcelona for the first time in official matches.