The breaking news this afternoon is that FIFA have slapped both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid with one-year transfer bans.
Just like Barcelona before them, both Real and Atletico have been found to have breached several rules pertaining to the registration of players under the age of 18.
As per the FIFA website, the two La Liga clubs will not be prevented from signing players this January with the ban coming into effect for the next two consecutive transfer windows thereafter – summer 2016 and January 2017.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned [Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid] for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
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.
Additionally, [Atletico and Real Madrid] have been fined CHF 900,000 (£622,000) and CHF 360,000 (£249,000) respectively, while both clubs have been issued with a reprimand and given 90 days in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.
There will no doubt be appeals filed, but Barca tried to overturn their ruling and ultimately failed so it’s likely that a delay will be all that Real and/or Atleti are likely to achieve in the way of leniency.
It also means that Real almost definitely won’t be selling any of their big names this summer, which puts a needle in the plans of newspaper and gossip website editors the world over.
It’s not all bad news then.