Atletico Madrid have been fined €46,200 by football’s world governing body FIFA due to ‘third party influence’ on transfer-related matters.
A statement by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee said the Europa League winners ‘entered into a contract’ which ‘enabled’ the outside influence over transfers.
It is now the first time Los Rojiblancos have fallen foul of transfer guidelines, having recently been banned of signing players for two transfer windows after illegalities over youth signings.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Spanish club Atletico de Madrid with a fine of €46,200 and a warning for breaching an aritcle of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (2014 edition), as well as Annexe 3 of said regulations,” read a FIFA statement on Friday.
“The club was found to be liable for entering into a contract that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence in employment and transfer-related matters and entering incorrect information in the International Transfer Matching System.”
Whilst the statement does not make specifics over transfers, Cadena Cope report the transfer in question was the 2014 signing of Italian forward Alessio Cerci from Torino