Real Madrid’s transfer ban has been reduced following a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
In April the game’s governing body FIFA imposed a one-year suspension – effectively two transfer windows – over alleged breaches of its regulations with respect to the registration of a number of minor players.
In September Real filed an appeal at the CAS requesting that the sanctions be lifted and following a hearing at its headquarters in Lausanne on December 14 a decision was taken to half the suspension.
In a statement, CAS said: “The appeal of the Spanish club has been partially upheld. As a consequence, the decision rendered by the FIFA Appeal Committee on 8 April 2016 is set aside and replaced by a CAS decision in which the following elements of the FIFA AC decision have been modified:
“Real Madrid CF is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for one entire transfer period (previously two); Real Madrid CF is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of 240,000 Swiss francs (previously 360,000). Finally, the reprimand imposed by FIFA is maintained.”
Real deny any wrongdoing in the recruitment of young players from outside Spain who were involved in a number of matches over the past 11 years.