FIFA fines Spanish football federation over signing of underage players
FIFA fined the Spanish football federation more than $220,000 in the latest stage of its battle with the country over the transfer of under-age players.
Zurich: FIFA on Tuesday fined the Spanish football federation more than $220,000 in the latest stage of its battle with the country over the transfer of under-age players.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been sanctioned by the world body in recent years for illegally signing foreign under 18 players.
On top of the fine of 220,000 Swiss francs ($221,000/203,000 euros), the Spanish federation, the RFEF, was given a reprimand and six months to get its regulations in line with FIFA rules.
FIFA said the latest case involves minors who played for Atletico Madrid between 2007 and 2014 and for Real between 2005 and 2014.
Real and Atletico are currently serving one year bans on signing players which will last through the transfer window at the end of the 2016-17 season. Both have taken their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The RFEF was also fined 280,000 Swiss francs by FIFA in 2014 after Barcelona were sanctioned for their signings of minors.
"As Barcelona coach you have to take the pressure, no problem. I know the importance of a Clasico," Ronald Koeman said ahead of the clash against Real Madrid.
With Ansu, Barcelona have hope, the 18-year-old, who wears the number 10 shirt previously belonging to Lionel Messi, now the symbol of what the club are promoting as the 'Dream Teen', and optimism for an exciting future.
The email expressed the government’s position that “the improvement of competitions is possible through dialogue and always through the structures that already exist", said sources from the CSD.