Two of La Liga’s football clubs - Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have been sanctioned by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for breaching international transfer laws and registration of under 18 players.
Both clubs will serve a transfer ban which 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 19b is as well as annexes 2 and 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “Regulations”)”.
“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 given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned,” he statement added.
According to a statement on the FIFA website, the investigations initially conducted by FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH (FIFA TMS) and subsequently by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee as part of disciplinary proceedings.
The investigations concerned minor players who were involved and participated in competitions with the clubs over various periods between 2007 and 2014 (Atlético de Madrid) and between 2005 and 2014 (Real Madrid).
FIFA works hard to protect the rights of players under the age of 18 – whether male or female, amateur or professional.