Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid facing transfer bans after breaking FIFA rules

La Liga giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will reportedly receive transfer bans for breaking FIFA rules in regards to the signings of under-age players.

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According to The Mirror, FIFA are deciding whether it will hand out the same sanction that Barcelona had received in 2014 after the Catalan club signed 10 players under the age of 18 to their academy.

FIFA rules require that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18.

The international transfers of minors can only be approved if the player’s parents move countries for non-footballing reasons.

However, players aged between 16 and 18 may be allowed to transfer to an international club if certain living and educational standards are met.

The Mirror’s report states that FIFA never revealed the identities of the players Barcelona had been sanctioned for, however a Japanese youngster was forced to leave the club and return back home.

Spanish radio reports that both Madrid clubs will receive a two transfer window ban, but it is believed that they will be able to dip into the transfer market this summer as both are expected to appeal FIFA’s decision and prolong the ban coming into effect.

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