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FIFA uphold Madrid clubs’ transfer bans

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is likely to be the next port of call for both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid regarding their respective transfer bans imposed by FIFA, whose appeals committee are set to reject the duo’s overtures.

Both sides appealed the initial verdict but are far from optimistic in seeing it reversed – or even downgraded to one from the current two transfer windows – given that such a move would be unprecedented from the world governing body, and are already gearing up to take their appeal to the highest court in the shape of CAS.

Once FIFA issue their verdict, the appeal to the Switzerland-Based CAS must be filed within a maximum of five days.

Should that ultimate appeal be lodged, the case could be extended by anywhere up to six months, leaving both clubs free to continue adding to their ranks during the current period and possibly the January window as well.

Handed the punishment for allegedly signing 39 youth players illegally, including the children of coach Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos maintains their compliance with Spanish law.