Real Madrid’s transfer ban has been reduced to one window after a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Real Madrid were handed a ban on signing players for two transfer windows by FIFA in April 2016. But after a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the ban has been reduced to one window.
The European Champions will not be allowed to sign any players in this upcoming January transfer window, but they can sign new players from the summer window in 2017.
In a statement, CAS said: “The appeal of the Spanish club has been partially upheld. As a consequence, the decision rendered by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 8 April 2016 is set aside and replaced by a CAS decision in which the following elements of the FIFA AC decision have been modified.
“Real Madrid CF is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for one entire transfer period (previously two); Real Madrid CF is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of 240,000 Swiss francs (previously 360,000). Finally, the reprimand imposed by FIFA is maintained.”
Even though CAS reduced the ban to one window, Real Madrid released a statement expressing dislike in the CAS’s decision.
In a statement on their official website, Real Madrid said: “The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely.”
Both Real and Atletico Madrid were handed transfer bans, but there has been no news regarding Atletico’s appeal and decision.