Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld Atlético Madrid’s transfer ban

Following the discovery of irregularities over the signing of minors, FIFA hit Atletico Madrid with a ban on registering players of two transfer windows and that has been confirmed by the Switzerland-based court, with the panel of Efraim Barak, Ulrich Haas and Romano F. Subiotto dismissing the arguments put forth by the club and by the Martens Lawyers legal team.

Although one of those windows was already served last winter, Atletico will not be able to register any new players this summer and will have to wait until January 2018 to do so.

That leaves sporting director Andrea Berta with the challenge of putting a competitive squad together for the 2017/18 season without being able to bring in any new faces – such as Diego Costa, Fabinho, Vitolo, Sandro and Alexandre Lacazette, all of whom had been linked with the club.

Instead he will have to look to the recalling of on-loan players such as Matías Kranevitter, Luciano Vietto and Diogo Jota, while the decision will also surely impact on potential exits.

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