Madrid submit ban appeal

Real Madrid have submitted their appeal against a transfer embargo while Atletico Madrid have asked for a provisional suspension of the ban.

Both clubs were earlier in January barred from registering any new players in the summer 2016 and winter 2017 transfer windows for alleged transgressions regarding the registration of under-18s.

AS reports Los Blancos have filed their appeal and a response from FIFA’s Appeals Committee is expected within four to six weeks.

It’s noted that with the matter expected to be settled before the start of the summer window, Madrid decided against asking for the embargo to be provisionally suspended.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected should FIFA’s Appeals Committee uphold the embargo.

If the case does go to CAS then Madrid will likely join Atletico in asking for a suspension, as a resolution would drag into the summer.

Should CAS agree with the embargo, then the ban will take in both windows in 2017, leaving the clubs unable to register players until January 2018.

Barca were in 2014 given an embargo for the same offence and, after their appeals failed, couldn’t register new players in January 2015 or the summer of the same year, but were able to sign Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan.

The pair trained with La Blaugrana but didn’t make their respective debuts until January 2016.