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Thursday 29 September 2016

Two Madrid clubs react to prospect of transfer ban

Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez celebrates his late winner against Atletico Madrid during their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash at the Bernabeu Stadium
Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez celebrates his late winner against Atletico Madrid during their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash at the Bernabeu Stadium

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have strongly refuted suggestions they are under investigation by FIFA over the transfer of players aged under 18.

Reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday claimed the two Primera Division clubs are being probed by football's world governing body and could face transfer bans.

"We have not received any notification by FIFA or by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding the reports that are circulating in the Spanish media," Atletico press officer Juan Jose Anaut said.

"We want to state that we have co-operated with FIFA at all times.

"We believe we have followed the correct steps when it comes to licencing under age players as we have followed the guidelines of the RFEF and the Madrid Football Federation just as FIFA stipulates in order for licences to be approved."

Last year, Barcelona were punished for breaching FIFA's rules on the transfer of international players aged under 18. The Catalan giants are currently serving a 14-month ban and cannot sign players until January 2016. Barca appealed against the punishment to FIFA and to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but the punishment was upheld.

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