FIFA fines Spanish federation for breaking transfer rules

FIFA said the federation has "violated several provisions" involving minors who were signed by Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, clubs which this year were banned from registering players during two transfer windows.

25 October 2016 | 14:19

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 25 October 2016 | 14:19

Journalists are reflected in a logo at the FIFA headquarters after a meeting of the executive committee in Zurich, in a file photo. (Reuters Photo/Arnd Wiegmann)

MADRID: FIFA said it will again fine Spain's soccer federation for breaking transfer rules concerning underage players from abroad.

FIFA said the federation has "violated several provisions" involving minors who were signed by Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, clubs which this year were banned from registering players during two transfer windows.

Soccer's governing body says the federation was fined 220,000 Swiss francs ($221,000) and was "granted an additional deadline of six months to regularize its relevant regulatory framework and the existing system concerning the international transfer of minors within the country."

FIFA says it also issued a "warning and a reprimand" to the federation.

The governing body had already fined the Spanish federation for breaking similar transfer rules when Barcelona signed youth players from abroad a few years ago.

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