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Atletico accepts January transfer ban amid ongoing appeal

2016-10-20 19:58
Atletico Madrid (File)

Zurich - Atletico Madrid has accepted it will not sign players in January while it fights a FIFA transfer ban at sport's highest court.

FIFA and Atletico jointly said in a statement that they agreed a timetable for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to give a final ruling on the Spanish club's appeal by next June.

Atletico could have sought to freeze its one-year ban pending the verdict but has "waived its right" to try, the statement says.

Still, Atletico "completely maintains its position that the transfer ban is unjustified."

FIFA imposed one-year sanctions on Atletico and city rival Real Madrid for signing underage players in violation of transfer rules.

During an appeal to FIFA in the off-season, Atletico signed several players including France forward Kevin Gameiro and Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.

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