Spanish football federation fined by FIFA for helping Madrid clubs beat system

Spanish football federation fined by FIFA for helping Madrid clubs beat system
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FIFA have fined Spain’s football federation for breaking rules governing the international transfer and registration of minors. It allowed Atletico and Real Madrid to sign underage players from other countries.

In January, world football’s governing body banned the Madrid clubs from participating in two consecutive transfer windows for breaching rules regarding the signing of underage non-Spanish players, similar punishment to that handed out to Barcelona in 2015.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruled on Tuesday that the Spanish federation must pay more than 200,000 euros for breaching article 19 of their regulations on the status and transfers of players, which is designed to protect minors.

The Spanish FA have been given a further six months to regularize their “existing system within the country” and have also been issued with a “warning and a reprimand.”

The decision was made based on investigations carried out by FIFA concerning minor players who were involved with, and took part in competitions with, Atletico from 2007 until 2014 and with Real Madrid between 2005 and 2014.

Real and Atletico will not be allowed to register new players until January 2018.

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