On Thursday, September 8, FIFA rejected the appeals of top Spanish clubs, the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Zurich. These calls were made against the transfer bans by these two clubs. Reportedly, these clubs had breached the rules when they signed football players who were non-Spanish and under 18 years of age.
As per this decision, these teams would have to wait until January 2018 for signing any new players under their teams. There teams would also have to deal with transfer bans where none of these two clubs would be allowed to register their players in the process of transfer at both of the coming opportunities when the transfer windows are opened.
The ban was implied on both of these teams in January this year but last month, when the transfer windows opened, this ban was temporarily taken away and allowed the teams to sign players. Along with the ban, a fine of 900000 Swiss francs would be levied on Atletico Madrid and 360000 Swiss francs on Real Madrid.
As per a statement from FIFA this decision regarding this ban was taken due to their rule which states that the minors should be protected from the exploitation caused to them by the soccer clubs.
Real Madrid is an 11-time European champion, and they had a final match in this year’s Champion League with Atletico Madrid. Although this decision might seem harsh for the fans of these two teams, FIFA clearly stated that they would not violate any rules made by the committee and all their decisions related to the bans would stay reinstated.