Madrid giants to appeal to CAS after transfer ban is upheld

Spanish LaLiga giants Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after failing in bids to overturn transfer bans issued by the Disciplinary Committee of football’s global governing body Fifa for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

Fifa’s appeals committee dismissed the appeals by both clubs after transfer embargoes were imposed in January of this year for the next two transfer windows. The embargoes were frozen pending the results of the appeals. The teams can strike deals to sign players but cannot register them to play until January 2018.

"Both clubs are to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods," Fifa said. "The transfer 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."

Atlético and Real were also fined CHF900,000 (€830,000/$896,000) and CHF360,000 respectively, while both clubs were issued with a reprimand and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.

Real said that the decision was “deeply unjust and contrary to the fundamental principles of disciplinary law.” Atlético added that it had anticipated this ratification and had already hired a “team of international experts to defend the case” several months ago.

Both clubs have denied wrongdoing in the case, which involved signing teenage players whose registration was accepted by the RFEF, the sport’s governing body in Spain. The players featured in games from 2005 to 2014.