Real transfer ban relaxed
Real Madrid will be allowed to sign new players from July after the Court of Arbitration for Sport halved the two-window transfer ban imposed on the Spanish giants by FIFA for signing underage players from abroad.
The reigning European champions and their fierce rivals Atletico Madrid were originally punished for multiple breaches of global football's rules on the transfer of under-18s in January and both failed in appeals to FIFA in September. The case against Real involved the sons of current coach Zinedine Zidane.
But now sport's highest court has partially upheld an appeal from Real, who also had a €335,000 fine reduced to €215,000. Atletico have yet to hear the outcome of their appeal.
In order to protect children from exploitation and trafficking, FIFA bans the transfer of under-18s to different countries unless strict criteria are met.
These criteria include the players' parents moving to the country of the new club for non-footballing reasons.
In April 2014, Barcelona were given a two-window ban after they also breached the same rules on transferring minors across borders.