Real Madrid’s FIFA Ban has been reduced

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed in an official statement that the FIFA-imposed transfer ban on Real Madrid will be be reduced.

Florentino and Zidane

Madrid coach Zidane and club president celebrate after winning the 2016 Club World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo with two trophies

Earlier this year, both Los Blancos and their city rivals Atletico Madrid received bans from the football governing body.

The clubs were grounded for two transfer windows after FIFA found them guilty of buying and registering underage players, a breach of transfer rules on minors, which FIFA declared unacceptable.

Luckily for the clubs, FIFA suspended its laws after an appeal, and granted them a moment of grace all through last summer’s transfer window.

However, that ban was once again upheld by world football’s governing body last September.

Real Madrid lodged an appeal with the CAS, which is set to see the ban pass next summer, Marca wrote.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that Real Madrid’s appeal against FIFA’s penalty of banning the registration of players during two transfer windows will be reduced to only one, corresponding to the January 2017 transfer window,” an official statement from Real Madrid reads.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are not happy that their ban was not completely removed. They have criticized FIFA for injustice.

The Spanish giants were recently crowned winners of this year’s Club World Cup after thrashing Japanese club side Kashima Antlers 4-2 at extra time. The match was played at Yokohama International Stadium.