​Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have each been issued with bans for two consecutive transfer windows for their acquisitions of a number of players under the age of 18, ​FIFA have confirmed.


The bans will not be enforced this month, but will come into play from the summer transfer window and last through the entirety of the 2016/17 season. The two clubs have suffered the same fate as Barcelona, who have only recently completed their punishment for similar offences.

A statement from FIFA read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Spanish clubs Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.


"The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions.


"Both clubs are to serve a transfer ban that prevents them from registering any players at national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods.



The transfer ban, which does not affect the current registration period at all, given that it opened before the decisions were notified, applies to each club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s, futsal and beach soccer teams – and does not prevent the release of players.


Additionally, 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.



It means that both clubs have the two remaining weeks of the current window to complete any transfer business. Following the closure of the window, neither side will be allowed to register players to their playing squads in either next summer's transfer window, nor the following window in January.


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