Zidane dismayed by 'absurd' Real Madrid transfer ban

Published January 16th, 2016 - 07:06 GMT

Zinedine Zidane is annoyed with Fifa's "absurd" decision to ban Real Madrid from registering new players in the next two transfer windows.

The sanction was handed down by the governing body's disciplinary committee as a consequence of breaches "relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18". Zidane's own sons - Enzo, Luca, Theo and Elyaz, who are all part of Madrid's youth set-up - were mentioned amongst the 39 players coming under investigation for irregularities.

But Zidane finds it hard to understand Fifa's scrutiny of the deals binding his children to the club and the sanction overall, telling reporters:

"The transfer ban seems absurd. "I have been here all my life with my children. I think we will fix it next week.

"It is a bit annoying, but in the end I cannot do anything to prevent these things. Some things are hard to accept, but I am calm about it.

"What's important now is to shift our focus to Sunday's game [against Sporting Gijon]. It does not make sense to speak about it now. "We have to concentrate on the match."

Madrid have denied any wrongdoing and already announced they will appeal the Fifa punishment.

A similar punishment was imposed on Barcelona in April 2014, although the various appeals meant it did not apply to the Catalan club until the windows in January 2015 and the following off-season. Madrid can still sign players – as Barca did with Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan during their suspension – but they cannot be registered, and therefore will not be eligible, until the start of the 2017-18 season.

The Bernabeu outfit were not the only side to be hit with a transfer ban by FIFA this week, with domestic rivals Atletico Madrid receiving the same punishment.

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