Madrid sides banned

ZURICH. — FIFA yesterday banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from buying players for one year over their dealing in under-age players. The ban will start from the July transfer window this year and finish with the January transfer market in 2017.

Atletico were also fined 900 000 Swiss francs and Real 360 000 Swiss francs.

“The two clubs were found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions,” said a FIFA statement. — AFP.

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