Zidane calls FIFA ban on Madrid, Atletico "absurd"
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called FIFA's decision to uphold its one-year transfer ban against the club and rival Atletico Madrid "absurd."
The former France midfielder said yesterday he is especially angry because the ban will keep two of his own sons from playing for the club's youth teams.
"It's absurd that they can't play," Zidane said. "I don't understand it, it bothers me and the embargo is unjust."
However, Zidane said that the ban shouldn't hurt his team's chances of fighting to defend its Champions League title nor its quest for its first Spanish league crown in five years.
"I am happy with the squad we have," he said. "It is deep and I have 24 players at my disposal."
On Thursday, FIFA upheld its decision from January to ban Madrid and Atletico from signing new players until January 2018 because of rules violations regarding the protection of underage players. The teams can make deals to sign players but cannot register them to play during the ban.
Both clubs have denied breaking the rules regarding the signing of teenage players, whose registration was accepted by the Spanish Football Federation, and have said they will be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.