Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has banned Real Madrid from registering any new players, for one entire transfer period. CAS also fined Real Madrid with 224,000 euros. Although they were hit with a ban, CAS reduced the ban previously issued by FIFA which was initially for 2 transfer windows. The details regarding CAS verdict can be read from here. In recent years, FIFA - the world's football governing body has imposed transfer ban on European clubs. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid are among the clubs that tasted Fifa’s wrath. Let’s have a look at the timeline of the events.


Barcelona transfer ban timeline

On April 2014, FIFA announced that they had imposed a two-year transfer embargo on FC Barcelona due to their breach of rules relating to the recruitment of players under the age of 18. FIFA gave the club a temporary reprieve for this summer's transfer window but have upheld the ban for the next two windows. The appeal process was expected to last beyond July 2014, the date when the international transfer window officially opens, FIFA allowed the club to purchase players until the appeal is settled. This allowed them to sign Luis Suarez, but he will be ineligible to play for Barcelona or even to train with his team-mates until late October following his transfer.

On August 20, FIFA’s Appeal Committee announced that the appeals lodged by FC Barcelona and the Spanish Football Association against the sanctions imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in April for breaching FIFA’s protection of minors regulations were rejected.

Barcelona went to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), But on December 30, 2014, CAS has dismissed the appeal and upheld a ban on player transfers imposed on top Spanish football club FC Barcelona. The ban, handed down originally by FIFA in April, will cover the next two transfer windows, meaning the Catalan giants will not be able to buy or sell any player until January 2016.


Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid transfer ban timeline

On January 2016, FIFA has banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing players in next two transfer windows for breaching rules relating to signing players under the age of 18. The Spanish clubs can still sign players in the current transfer window but will be banned from making additions to their squads until after the 2016-17 season.

On September 8, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have lost their appeals against transfer bans which were imposed on them for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players. The decision by Fifa’s appeal committee means that neither club can register players during the next two transfer windows and will have to wait until January 2018 to make any new signings.

On 16 September, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) temporarily lifted its ban on appeal. "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has granted the precautionary measures that Real Madrid appealed for following the sanction issued by FIFA," The CAS has agreed to lift the suspension while the appeal is heard.The CAS, sport's highest tribunal, has never overturned a transfer ban from soccer's ruling body FIFA on the signing of minors.

On 20 December, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned Real Madrid from registering any new players, for one entire transfer period. CAS also fines Real Madrid with 224,000 euros.