Real Madrid rejects transfer ban imposed by Fifa

Real Madrid will not be eligible to acquire players in the January 2017 period & the June to August 2017.

Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane is lifted by his players after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro Stadium in Milan on 28 May 2016.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Spanish football giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were both handed bans spanning two transfer periods, by world football governing body Fifa on Thursday, after breaching the organisation's regulations relating to the protection of minors.

Both clubs will not be eligible to acquire and register players in the January 2017 period and the June to August 2017 transfer period, however, the ban does not apply to the clubs' women's, futsal and beach football teams and they're also not prohibited from releasing players.

The Madrid rivals have also incurred respective financial bans of 900 000 Swiss Francs (Atletico Madrid) and 360 000 Swiss Francs (Real Madrid) for their transgressions.

Real and Atletico and are the second such case involving a Spanish team in 3 years, after defending La Liga champions Barcelona were also handed similar punishment in 2014, prohibiting them from signing and registering players in 2015.

As Barcelona did, Real have expressed their disappointment with and rejection of Fifa's decision and have signaled their intentions to appeal it at the highest tribunal in world sport, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, if Barcelona's case is anything to go by, Los Blancos are likely to have their appeal dismissed by CAS and ordered to serve the penalty.