Atletico Madrid will have their day in court on Monday, as they look to have their transfer ban reduced.
Both Madrid sides were handed transfer bans in January of last year after FIFA discovered that they had broken laws concerning the transfers of players over age 16.
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Real Madrid appealed the decision through the Court of Arbitration Sport (TAS), and have since had their ban slashed in half, which leaves them eligible to register new players from July 1. And Atletico will be hoping for a similar outcome when they plead their case next week.
According to AS, the Rojiblancos will be represented by Christian Keidel, a lawyer from Munich law firm Martens.
Last month, he told the Spanish newspaper: “I’m optimistic about our chances of success in this case as the origin of the problem is situated in Spanish law and the regulations of its federation, not the behaviour of Atletico with these players.
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“The Spanish federation did not apply the laws correctly, and our view is that you cannot blame Atletico for that. It is the same with Real Madrid. [Zinedine] Zidane’s son, for example, had lived in Madrid a long time but was supposedly illegal.
“Basically the FIFA rule is you cannot sign young foreign players to protect these kids. But the rule does not stand when the player already lives in that country for another reason.”
According to Keidel, the circumstances are the very same in Real’s case, so he sees no reason why the sanction shouldn’t be partially lifted.
It normally takes less than three months for an outcome to be had in such matters, but in this case, the decision will take a few days.
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