The two Madrid clubs Atletico and Real have been hit with a two-year transfer embargo each as punishment for ‘irregularities’ involving the signing of youth players termed ‘minors’ by FIFA.
World football governing body have stated that only players over the age of 18 can move clubs unless the individual meets one of the three criteria.
“Under 18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club,” FIFA code of youth transfer stipulates.
Their ban could have huge implications on the rest of Europe and will come as a major boost to Spanish rivals Barcelona. Though Real and Atletico can still sign players before the end of the month or wait till summer of 2017 before they can make any new signing.
Star duo Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have been linked with moves to Manchester United, are unlikely to be allowed to leave the Santiago Bernabeu as Real will be unable to sign a replacement.