Spanish giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will reportedly receive two transfer window bans from FIFA for breaking rules on signing and registering minors as youth players, this according to Spain’s Cadena Ser.
The report adds that both transfer bans will start during the upcoming summer transfer window and will carry over to the January signing period. Cadena Ser’s José Ramón de la Morena originally broke the story.
In addition, Real Madrid and Atletico received notification regarding FIFA’s decision in advance. Spain’s governing body, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, were reportedly notified of FIFA’s ruling as well.
The transfer sanctions mirror those handed to fellow La Liga side Barcelona in 2014. The Catalan outfit turned to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in August after FIFA rejected their appeal to overturn a two-window ban, which was handed to them by world football’s governing body in April due to concerns over the "international transfer of minors" when it signed 10 players under the age of 18 to its academy. The appeal was eventually denied.
FIFA exerts rigid control over transferring minors across international borders. The international transfer of players under the age of 18 can only go through if their parents move to the country for non-football reasons.
Players between 16 and 18 can move within Europe if certain standards of education and living conditions are met.
Information from The Associated Press and FOXSoccer.com’s newswire services contributed to this report.