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FIFA Fines Spain Over Underage Players

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FIFA fines Spanish FA over Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid youth transfers

Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee fines Spanish FA (RFEF) 220,000 Swiss francs for allowing Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid to register international players under the age of 18, FIFA announced.

A FIFA statement read: “The RFEF was found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players.

“The RFEF was sanctioned with a fine of CHF 220,000 and granted an additional deadline of six months in order to regularise its relevant regulatory framework and the existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football within the country. In addition, the RFEF was issued with a warning and a reprimand in accordance with articles 13 and 14 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”

“The decision was made based following investigations initially conducted by FIFA Transfer Matching System GmbH (FIFA TMS) and subsequently by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. The investigations concerned minor players who were involved with and participated in competitions with the clubs Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF over various periods between 2007 and 2014 (Atletico de Madrid) and between 2005 and 2014 (Real Madrid).”

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.”

FIFA said the latest case involves minors who played for Atletico Madrid between 2007 and 2014 and for Real between 2005 and 2014.

Real and Atletico are currently serving one year bans on signing players which will last through the transfer window at the end of the 2016-17 season. Both have taken their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The RFEF was also fined 280,000 Swiss francs by FIFA in 2014 after Barcelona was sanctioned for its signings of minors.