The FIFA's disciplinary committee has slapped Spanish FA with a fine of USD 220,000 over registrations of under-18 players by Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid. FIFA have given them a deadline of 6 months to fix their regulatory system which deals with the transfers of minors.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Spanish FA (Real Federación Española de Fútbol – RFEF) for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18,” a FIFA statement said.
“The RFEF was found to have violated several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players, of which art. 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (the “Regulations”) is the main provision, as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions.
“In this respect, the RFEF was sanctioned with a fine of CHF 220,000 and granted an additional deadline of six months in order to regularise its relevant regulatory framework and the existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football within the country. In addition, the RFEF was issued with a warning and a reprimand in accordance with articles 13 and 14 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” the statement further added.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are currently serving one-year bans for breaching the code for underaged players. The ban lasts until end of the 2016/17 season. Barcelona have previously faced similar sanctions for signing minors. The Spanish FA was fined $280,000 after Barcelona signed up underaged players in 2014.
FIFA have clarified that the current sanction was made based on the investigations concerning minor players who were involved with and participated in competitions with the Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid over various periods between 2007 and 2014 (Atlético de Madrid) and between 2005 and 2014 (Real Madrid).