Zidane calls FIFA ban on Madrid, Atletico "absurd"

The former France midfielder said he is especially angry because the ban will keep two of his own sons from playing for the club's youth teams.

9 September 2016 | 16:01

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 9 September 2016 | 16:01

Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) watches his assistant Zinedine Zidane shout at their players during their Champions League final soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Luz stadium in Lisbon, May 24, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Kai Pfaffenbach)

MADRID: Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called FIFA's decision to uphold its one-year transfer ban against the club and rival Atletico Madrid "absurd."

The former France midfielder said he is especially angry because the ban will keep two of his own sons from playing for the club's youth teams.

Zidane says, "It's absurd that they can't play. I don't understand it, it bothers me and the embargo is unjust."

On Thursday, FIFA upheld its decision from January to ban Madrid and Atletico from signing new players until January 2018 because of rules violations regarding the protection of underage players.

Both clubs have denied breaking the rules. They are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Fellow Spanish club Barcelona received a similar ban in 2015.

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