Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane calls FIFA bans “absurd”

MADRID (AP) — 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.”.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane at a press conference at Valdebebas training ground in Madrid.

The former France midfielder says he is especially angry because the ban will keep two of his own sons from playing for the club’s youth teams.

Zidane says, “It’s absurd that they can’t play. I don’t understand it, it bothers me and the embargo is unjust.”.

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.

FIFA upholds transfer bans for Real Madrid and Atletico.

Both clubs have denied breaking the rules. They are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Fellow Spanish club Barcelona received a similar ban in 2015.

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