The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has reduced Real Madrid transfer ban halved after an appeal, the club would be able to sign players in 2017 summer transfer window.
Madrid, along with city rivals, Atletico Madrid, were hit with bans in January 2016 after FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee found them to be in breach of regulations “relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18”.
Spanish champions, Barcelona were hit with a similar sanction in 2014, while an appeal to FIFA failed in September, prompting Madrid to take their claim to CAS.
A statement on Real’s official website read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has today informed Real Madrid C. F. of their decision by which they have partially upheld the appeal lodged by the club against the FIFA resolution which imposed a sanction forbidding the signing of players for two transfer windows, reducing said sanction to just one period, corresponding to the January 2017 transfer window.
“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.”
FIFA had imposed a one-year transfer ban in January before its appeal panel confirmed the sanction to take effect in 2017.
Madrid denied wrongdoing in signing young players from outside Spain who played in games since 2005.
The case involved the sons of current coach, Zinedine Zidane.
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