In a flash from the past, Real Madrid CF had defended itself and called that the club has provided all necessary documentation and details in order to comply with FIFA’s transfer regulations.
The official communication is timely now as various reports in Spanish media claim Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be sanctioned for illegal transfer of minors, an offence for which Barcelona was punished too.
The official communication released had said:
Given the reports in some media about the inquiry that FIFA is carrying out in recent months on different Spanish clubs, to verify that they have complied with the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RETJ, Ed. 2009), based on international transfers of foreign or first registrations of children, Real Madrid wishes to state the following:
1. Real Madrid defends the protection and proper and healthy development of children through strict compliance and without exception the Rules of transfer and registration of minors, and shows its full compliance with such investigations are carried out for this purpose
2. Real Madrid has responded diligently in providing all the information required by the Commission within the deadlines and all documentary detail. Both Real Madrid and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) itself, through which the information package is processed, have been entirely satisfied with the information provided to be verified in strict compliance with the rules of registration in all cases whatsoever
3. In order to clarify the maximum content of the information package, the club wants to show that the information required by FIFA refers to 51 players, of which:
– 1 player appeared twice in the list
– 10 players had Spanish nationality at the time of registration, which are exempt, the rules at issue are restricted to minors who are foreign players
– 6 players were older at the time of enrolment, which also excluded for the reasons those in the preceding paragraph and, in addition, by having obtained the required authorisation from FIFA (CTI International Transfer Certificate) at the time
– 2 players under age were enrolled after obtaining the necessary authorisation from the relevant committee of FIFA and the player involved
– 2 players were registered prior to the entry into force of RETJ Ed 2009, notwithstanding that, being the children of a former first team player of Real Madrid, they met the exceptions contained in Article 19
– 23 players (24, taking into account the player who appears twice in the request for information) were enrolled in second or subsequent registrations to come from other member clubs of the RFEF, which are also exempt as it is not an international transfer or first registration
– 2 players have never belonged to the academy of Real Madrid to be rejected by the club to consider, in its reasonable judgment, that registration contravened the provisions of Article . RETJ 19, 2009. Real Madrid deeply regrets and laments the fact that the identity of one of these children has been revealed by some media outlets, but may be attributed to the club responsibility for that purpose
– 1 Player has not enrolled with the club, given that the subcommittee rejected his application for registration and the case is pending final resolution with CAS. Needless to say, whatever the ultimate resolution, Real Madrid has scrupulously complied with the rules to apply for registration through legal channels without which the player has been registered so far
– And finally, 4 minor players under the age of 12 years were enrolled in first registration in compliance both with the rules of the RFEF and FIFA regulations to fully benefit from the exemptions contained in Article 19 of RETJ, Ed., 2009
4. Additionally, to clear any doubt, Real Madrid announce that FIFA has issued to all cooperation agreements signed with amateur clubs whose sole purpose is to prevent the abuse of his position of superiority over these clubs by seeking balanced agreements with absolute respect for the rights of players, and a fair and just compensation to the former club, which functions as a mechanism of solidarity in response to such work. As FIFA has said in agreements, 40 in total, in any case they have been used to contravene any regulations
5. All the above evidence suggests that particular diligence at all times has been maintained by Real Madrid in the transfer and registration of foreign minor players and the unfounded and purely speculative nature of certain information is published about it
It remains to be seen which direction the case takes with ABC, another Spanish outlet, claiming Real Madrid doesn’t expect a ban to come into place which is contradicting with all other reports which say they will.