Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have lost their transfer ban appeals.
The bans were handed to the two clubs by FIFA, which stated that they could not buy any more players for the next two transfer windows.
The bans are a result of the clubs breaking FIFA’s rules protecting underage players.
Real and Atletico both appealed against the bans, which were then put on hold till the verdict was given. However, the appeals were dismissed by FIFA’s appeals committee.
FIFA released a statement on their official website, which read:
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.
“As such, 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 for breaching articles 5, 9, 19 and 19bis as well as annexes 2 and 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “Regulations”). 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.
“Additionally, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have been fined CHF 900,000 and CHF 360,000 respectively, while both clubs have been issued with a reprimand and a warning and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.
“The grounds of the decisions taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee were communicated to the parties concerned today.”
As a result, the two clubs will be allowed to sign players, but will not be allowed to register them to play till their bans have been served.
Barcelona were also banned from registering players in 2015, and as a result, could not play Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal as they were signed while the ban was in place.