Thursday, June 1, 2017

CAS Upholds Atletico Madrid Transfer Ban On Signing Players Until 2018

Atletico Madrid had hoped to have the ban reduced enabling them to buy players this summer, but CAS have upheld the ban meaning they will not be able to complete the signing of players until January 2018.

Atletico have released a statement detailing their position insisting they have been hard done by and feel the CAS has shown a lack of respect to the club.

''This resolution is unfair and represents irreparable damage to our club,” it read.

**WILL MANCHESTER UNITED SIGN ANTOINE GRIEZMANN FROM ATLETICO MADRID? WHAT THE BAN MEANS TO POSSIBLE DEAL**

“We wish to reiterate that we have been sanctioned despite strict compliance with Spanish legislation."

Atletico were handed the two-transfer-window ban due to breaking the regulations of signing players under the age of 18.

Real Madrid were also banned but had their punishment reduced to one window.

It was expected to be a busy transfer window for Atletico with Antoine Griezmann set to join Manchester United.
Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

Lyon and France striker Alexandre Lacazette was lined up as a replacement but that deal could be off.

When Barcelona recieved a similar punishment they still signed players but they were unale able to register to play until the January.

Despite the ban Atletico would still be powerless in keeping Griezmann due to his release clause.

United have made Griezmann their top transfer target and are ready to trigger his £86m clause to bring him to Old Trafford.

The France star recently admitted he was ready to move on in a bid to win titles and, with United qualifying for the Champions League, that deal appears to be in the works with Jose Mourinho keen to have him in place before pre-season.

Last summer United's main transfer took the whole summer to complete with Paul Pogba arriving after the first game of the season, however with no international tournament this year a deal for Griezmann should be wrapped up earlier.
Atletico Madrid statement in full..

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) partially estimated the appeal filed by Atletico Madrid against the sanction imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the case concerning the registration of licenses of underage players and that Ratified the FIFA Appeals Commission, reducing the economic penalty, but maintaining the ban on registering licenses in the next period of the market of signings, our club wants to state the following:

1. We consider that the decision to maintain the prohibition to register players in a second period, the one corresponding to the summer of 2017, supposes a comparative tort and discriminatory treatment towards our entity, since recently and in a similar case the Sanction allowing to register licenses from next July 1. This resolution is unfair and represents irreparable damage to our club.

2. The resolution was communicated outside the deadline established in the agreement signed by the parties and ended yesterday, May 31, 2017. This implies a lack of respect for our institution.

3. We wish to reiterate that we have been sanctioned despite strict compliance with Spanish legislation, Since we have always processed all our licenses through the Football Federation of Madrid, as indicated in the Sports Law.

4. Our sports planning for next season has contemplated at all times the two scenarios that could be given once the TAS emitted its decision. The club will advance from this moment on the negotiations necessary to formalize operations with the aim of registering players from January 1, when the next window opens in which we will be authorized by FIFA to register new licenses.

5. We are totally confident in our current squad, with which we have achieved the direct classification for the Champions League for the fifth consecutive year and with which we have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. From the club we have the commitment of players and technicians to continue competing at the same level next season despite this decision that obviously harms us. Together, team, club and hobby, we will continue fighting for our goals.


Source: UKExpress

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