La Liga giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been banned from registering players for the next two transfer windows, the BBC reports.
The Spanish pair have been found guilty of breaching the rules over the transfers of minors, but the ban won’t come into effect until the summer, meaning they will still be able to strengthen their squads this month.
Fines were also dished out to both clubs with Atletico paying 900,000 Swiss francs (£622,000), while Real were ordered to cough up 360,000 (£249,000).
Both clubs have been told that they have the right to appeal the decision, though no officials from either side passed comment on the same ruling that befell Barcelona in April of 2014.
The Catalan giants were also penalised for their questionable dealings with players under the age of 18.
However, Barca’s ban ended this month, but that did not stop them from signing players, having brought Arda Turan and Alex Vidal over the summer, who have had to wait patiently on the training ground for their opportunity to play again.
The news could mean that both clubs look to push through a number of deals this month in anticipation.
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