TAS Appeal: Atletico Madrid have transfer ban overturned
Atletico Madrid's summer spending, and possibly selling, can kick off now that their transfer ban appeal has reached a conclusion
Atletico Madrid have been successful in their transfer ban appeal that they launched back in April of this year and they can now kick their summer transfer window into gear with Sandro reportedly close to a deal along with Alexandre Lacazette also admitting he is close to a move.
They also have some potential outgoings with Antoine Griezmann sending out conflicting messages over his future. They might now, however, be more willing to listen to offers for the player given they fact that they can replace him in the eventuality that he does leave.
The club were originally suspended from registering players for two transfer windows (winder 2016 and summer 2017) along with Real Madrid but their cross-town rivals had their ban overturned and felt confident that they could do the same.
Speaking to AS back in March, Christian Keidel, Atletico's lawyer was confident of having the ban overturned: “the origin of the problem is situated in Spanish law and the regulations of its federation, not the behaviour of Atlético towards these players.”
Keidel continued, “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… most of their players are foreign, but were born in Spain.” He used Enzo Zidane, the son of Zinedine Zidane as an example of a player who has lived in Spain for a long time and was one of the players mentioned as being illegally transferred players.