There were celebrations around every corner in Madrid when Barcelona was found guilty of breaching FIFA regulations on multiple occasions.
As a result a transfer ban was inflicted which prohibited the Catalan team from making any transfer moves during the year 2015. It seems karma is at work right from the beginning of 2016.
FIFA takes action against two giants from Madrid:
It is time for the Barcelona fans to rejoice and find solace that this time around, FIFA has put transfer ban on both their domestic rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
They will not be able to conduct transfer business in the next two transfer windows and have also been asked to pay a fine.
Both the teams have decided to make an appeal against the transfer ban in CAS. FC Barcelona also did the same thing back in 2014. But their appeal was turned down when CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) upheld the FIFA judgement.
Interestingly, both the teams from Madrid have been found carrying out the same breach that Barcelona was found guilty of a couple of years ago.
Both have been charged of not following regulations when signing foreign players under the age of 18. As expected, both clubs have refuted the charges and claimed all the processes at the club are done by the rules.
Even if the claims are true, it is very unlikely CAS will overturn a FIFA ruling in favour of a club. But with Real Madrid involved in this case, any drama can be expected.
Tough times ahead with not much time to prepare:
Atletico Madrid currently hold the top position in La Liga with 44 points, just two points above Barcelona (42 points).
The Catalan giants have one game in hand and a two points lead on Real Madrid (40 points) who got themselves Villarreal breathing down their neck with 39 points.
Turning our attention to the “El Atleti” team from the Vincente Calderon, their fans shouldn’t worry too much about the transfer ban.
They have a well-managed team under Simeone and even if they do not strengthen their team, they would be more than okay to challenge for silverware next season. But that doesn’t mean they will not appeal.
Real Madrid is absolutely never far from media speculations, fans in turmoil and managers getting sacked within months.
When Rafael Benitez replaced Carlo Ancelotti on 3rd June 2015 with a three-year contract, it was believed everyone will see Real play free flowing, fast paced attacking football that will be decisive, winning and exciting to watch.
It is what Rafa wanted to achieve by giving more minutes to Bale but it didn’t bear fruits. Within a few months, fans inside the Santiago Bernabéu started booing their stars as matches finished in boring draws or shameful losses.
While Real President Florentino Perez was openly supporting Benitez, speculations of his sacking were getting stronger with each passing day. Surprisingly, it took just seven months for the club hierarchy to part their ways with Benitez and appointed Zinedine Zidane as the replacement.
Zidane is a legendary player for Real but being a manager under Perez is a completely different task. Zidane himself was quoted a while ago that he was still not ready to take the mantle at such a big club.
Although, he was managing Real’s reserve side “Real Madrid Castilla” in Spanish Segunda Division B for the 2nd season in succession. And with home fans ready to boo you at the first sight of bad performance no matter how big a star you are for the team.
The transfer ban is as untimely a disaster as it could be. The restrictions that will be in effect for the next two transfer seasons will leave little choice for Zidane to work on the current squad.
The team is already looking to replace the aging Ronaldo who does not have a perfect replacement in the current squad.
Transfer Ban Implications:
The ruling allows both the teams to make transfers during the current January transfer window and it is very likely Real Madrid will try to buy as many players as needed before the transfer deadline ends.
Players including De Gea, Eden Hazard, Jon Stones, Paul Pogba, Robert Lewandowski & Marco Reus have been strongly linked with the Los Blancos.
The strange thing about this transfer ban is the clubs might be able to buy players but they won’t be able to play them until the ban tenure has ended. This was also the case with the Barcelona who faced the exact same ban but for a different offense.