PtG Article 14.01.2016

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid sanctioned for breaches of regulations on minors

FIFA has served Real Madrid and Atlético with bans on registering new players for the next two transfer windows due to violations of the regulations on minors.

La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will not be able to register new players the next two transfer windows due to violations of the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

This is the message in a statement released by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee today.

"The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions," the statement says.

The transfer bans will prevent the clubs from registering new players in the 2016 summer and 2017 winter transfer windows. The ban will not affect the current window, says the statement.

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have further been fined CHF 900,000 and CHF 360,000 respectively and are given 90 days to "regularise the situation of all minor players involved".

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