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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid reject talk of being hit with transfer ban

By Cindy Garcia-Bennett

Published 30/04/2015

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have strongly refuted suggestions they are under investigation by Fifa over the transfer of players aged under 18.

Reports yesterday claimed the two La Liga clubs are being probed by football's world governing body and could face transfer bans.

"We have not received any notification by Fifa or by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding the reports that are circulating," Atletico press officer Juan Jose Anaut said.

"We want to state that we have co-operated with Fifa at all times. We believe we have followed the correct steps when it comes to under-age players as we have followed the guidelines of the RFEF and the Madrid Football Federation just as Fifa stipulates in order for licences to be approved."

Real released a statement on their website to defend themselves against the claims.

It read: "In view of last night's reports, alluding to supposed legal sources about a future sanction against Real Madrid for possible infractions in the signing of foreign minors, the club would like to state the following:

"1. That said information is completely false, as demonstrated by the fact that the Spanish Football Federation have spoken to different media outlets to refute the claims.

"2. Real Madrid reiterate that the club have always adhered to the Fifa regulations.

"3. Real Madrid are once again saddened by these reports, some of which are intended to cause harm.

"4. At the same time, it is surprising that certain media outlets insist on connecting the latest signings with a hypothetical sanction, as there is no relationship between the signing of players and their subsequent inscription.

"5. Real Madrid reiterate once again our absolute commitment to the defence, protection and the correct and healthy development of minors, which take precedence over sporting interests and, as a consequence, confirm our total support of these Fifa regulations."

Last year, Barcelona were punished for breaching Fifa's rules on the transfer of international players aged under 18. They are currently serving a 14-month ban and cannot sign players until January 2016.

Barca appealed against the punishment to Fifa and to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but the suspension was upheld.

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