La Liga has offered its support to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid after the clubs were hit with Fia transfer sanctions.
Both Madrid giants will be unable to register new players during the next two complete transfer windows as a consequence of breaches “relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18”.
Earlier on Thursday, Madrid and Atletico protested their innocence and announced they will appeal against the punishments, with La Liga confirming it will stand by each team.
The league believes that the penalties imposed are “disproportionate” and represent “excessive punishment”.
In an official statement, La Liga said: “Following the sanction of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee to Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid, as a result of having infringed the rules on international transfers of minors, La Liga wishes to express that Spanish football through its clubs supports the policy of protecting minors and the concern for their development and for their training.
“Furthermore, it also proposed to the RFEF [Royal Spanish Football Federation] an adequate system of compensation for training clubs, perfectly compatible with the development of minors.
“The conduct of Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid has been always in favour of the respect, the interest and the training of the child. This has been evident in the various meetings held in recent seasons with specialists from all the clubs from La Liga in this field.
“Therefore, at La Liga, we believe that the penalty imposed is disproportionate, out of place and is an excessive punishment for both clubs based on their behaviour and the circumstances of each case.”
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