Football: Real and Atletico Madrid transfer bans suspended pending appeals to Fifa

The two clubs were hit with suspensions by Fifa for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.
The two clubs were hit with suspensions by Fifa for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid and their city rivals Atletico Madrid have had their bans on signing new players for the next two transfer windows suspended pending the outcome of appeals to Fifa, the clubs said in separate statements on Friday.

The two clubs, who are third and second respectively in La Liga, were hit with the suspensions by Fifa for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players. The bans do not cover the current transfer window, which runs until the end of this month.

"The Fifa appeals committee has conceded a provisional suspension while our appeal is presented," Atletico wrote on their Twitter account.

Real added on their official website: "Real Madrid have announced that the Fifa Appeal Committee has decided to provisionally suspend the sanction imposed on the club."

Both clubs announced they would appeal after being given the punishments earlier this month. The Fifa probe concerned players featuring in competitions with Atletico from 2007 to 2014 and with Real from 2005 to 2014.

La Liga leaders Barcelona were handed a similar penalty in April 2014 for breaching the same regulations that prevent the registration of minors in any country other than their own, except in specific circumstances.

Barca were allowed to sign players during the following close season with the ban becoming effective at the start of 2015 following the rejection of their appeal.

Barcelona signed Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal ahead of this season from Atletico and Sevilla respectively but the pair had to watch from the sidelines due to the Fifa ban. They were eligible to play from the start of this year.