Real Madrid have received a huge boost after their transfer ban was reduced upon appeal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Madrid’s transfer ban would only be in effect for one window, the January 2017 transfer window. FIFA had originally imposed the ban back in January 2016 after they were adjudged to have illegally recruited and played players from outside of Spain. That group includes Zidane’s young sons.
It means that Madrid will be able to sign players in the summer. Given that their only major recruit last summer was former player Alvaro Morata, Zidane will be keen to reinforce this time around. The club was quite annoyed that the ban on the January transfer window was not scrapped.
Their statement read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has today informed Real Madrid C. F. of their decision by which they have partially upheld the appeal lodged by the club against the FIFA resolution which imposed a sanction forbidding the signing of players for two transfer windows, reducing said sanction to just one period, corresponding to the January 2017 transfer window.
“The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely.”
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also suffered transfer bans in recent seasons.