Court rejects Atletico’s transfer ban appeal

Atletico were banned for two transfer windows after allegedly registering underage players last year, yet after serving their January transfer window ban, appealed to the CAS to have their punishment diminished.

The CAS has however rejected the club’s appeal, as confirmed by the club in a statement.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal presented by Atlético de Madrid against the penalty imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee on the case of registering players under age and that was ratified by FIFA’s Appeal Committee, reducing the financial penalty, but maintaining the prohibition of registering licenses in the next transfer market period,” the statement read.

This means the Spanish club will not be allowed to bring in any new players until January 2018, raising questions over whether prized forward Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to depart, following strong links to a possible switch to Manchester United.