In what could be the twist of the transfer world, Real Madrid and arch-rivals Atletico have been banned from signing players for two consecutive transfer windows. This comes as a punitive measure taken by FIFA, for the breach of rules regarding the signing of minors by the two sides. The two teams have been under scrutiny over the breach of this law since early last year, and the decision was reached today, though both clubs can still appeal it.
Fellow giants in the La Liga three-horse race Barcelona faced a similar charge last year, a ban that stretched for 14 months, though it came after the signing of Arda Turan from now penalized Atletico, and Aleix Vidal from Sevilla. The two were not allowed to play till the ban was done. The impact will now be felt at the helm of the entire Spanish football, as Barcelona who came off it last week will now leave the other rivals to suffer the fate.
The ban though seems to have more gruesome on premiership clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United which had interests in Real Madrid players Karim Benzema and the duo of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively. This is because the fact that the Spanish giants have been locked down on new inclusions to their team means they cannot easily let players go.
However, Real and Atletico can still sign players in this window, and their bans will take effect in the June-August 2016 window and January 2017.