FIFA fines Spanish FA

MADRID – FIFA have fined Spain’s football federation (RFEF) for breaking rules governing the international transfer and registration of minors by allowing Atletico and Real Madrid to sign underage players from other countries.

In January, world football’s governing body banned the Madrid clubs from participating in two consecutive transfer windows for breaching rules regarding the signing of underage non-Spanish players, similar punishment to that handed out to Barcelona in 2015.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruled yesterday that the Spanish federation must pay 220,000 Swiss francs (180,972 pound) for breaching article 19 of their regulations on the status and transfers of players, which is designed to protect minors.

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