Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

Atletico Madrid fails in CAS appeal for transfer ban

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Atletico Madrid has failed in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to withdraw the transfer ban imposed upon the club.

Atletico stated officially that the CAS ruling was “unfair” and causes “irreparable damage to the club”, adding that the decision amounts to “comparative disadvantage and discriminatory treatment” of the club.

They will only be allowed to register new players again from 1 January 2018.

The ruling had meant that the second runners-up in La Liga will remain banned from signing new players this summer transfer windows, although the CAS reduced their fine from 900,000 Swiss Francs (£719,793) to 550,000 (£439,873).

The ban was placed upon both Madrid clubs for breaching FIFA rules over the signing of minors, although Real had their transfer ban cut short by one window in December last year.

FIFA had begun the investigations against both clubs concerning players aged under 18 who played in competitions for Atletico between 2007 and 2014, and Real from 2005-2014, and while the world governing body initially ruled on the case in January 2016, both clubs were able to sign players last summer after appealing against the decision to FIFA.

Nonetheless, Atletico claimed that they have “full confidence” in their current squad and were determined to continue “competing at the same level next season”, having finished behind Real and Barcelona in La Liga this season.

Additionally, CAS’s decision was due to be released on Wednesday but was delayed until Thursday, which Altetico said showed a “lack of respect” to the club.

Manchester United to cool interest on Antoine Griezmann

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Manchester United are perceived to have cooled their interest in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, as sources indicates that the Europa League winners will be prioritising in the acquisition of a pure striker.

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury is set to become a long-term problem for the club, United is forced to shift their strategy for this summer’s transfer window despite persistent links and rumours indicating that they will be making a coup for Griezmann by triggering his €100m (£87m) release clause.

Griezmann, 26, who is popularly considered the third player in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, said last week that he had a six out of 10 chance of moving to Old Trafford in the summer.

However, his departure could deal an instant negative impact on Atletico as the club is prevented from signing new players until January 2018 following their failed appeal against a transfer ban. Nonetheless, they will find it difficult to keep the French international should there be a club willing to pay trigger his release clause.

Griezmann himself also made the claim that his future with Atletico would be in the hands of club president Enrique Cerezo, but the clause offers a way of completing a transfer against his wishes, if any club are prepared to push through with the release clause.

Meanwhile, United themselves are also fending off interest from Real Madrid to sign David de Gea as the keeper now only has a year left in his contract.

The La Liga champions would look to finish what they started in summer 2015, when De Gea’s impending move to Real was called off on transfer deadline day due to missing paperwork.

Jorge Sampaoli unveiled as Argentina’s new manager

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Sevilla have confirmed Jorge Sampaoli has departed to take charge of Argentina after compensation to trigger the release clause in his contract was received.

Sampaoli, 57, leaves Sevilla to enter a five-year deal with the Albiceleste and was presented on Thursday evening at the Argentina Football Association (AFA) headquarters in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires.

“This is a dream come true, one that I had desired for some time. I always admired this place,” Sampaoli said at his unveiling.

“I thank the (AFA) president (Claudio Tapia) for his patience. The contract is through to the 2022 World Cup, (and) I hope we can do something important for Argentine people.”

Sevilla said last week they had reached an agreement in principle with the Argentinian Football Association for the coach despite his remaining year in his contract with the club.

The La Liga fourth-placed club had set a deadline of 1 June to complete the paperwork the remaining for the former Chile manager, and with that completed on Thursday, Sampaoli was released and allowed to be announced as the Argentina manager in a presentation at their training complex just outside Buenos Aires.

“Jorge Sampaoli has left Sevilla definitively today after the documentation by which Sevilla is guaranteed the collection of the fixed amount in the termination clause of the Argentine coach was initiated,” Sevilla wrote in a statement published on their official website.

“Sevilla wishes luck and success to Jorge Sampaoli in his new professional career and appreciates the services provided in the 16-17 season, in which the team met the objectives of the campaign: earning fourth place in the league – with the second-best points total in its history – and surpassing the group phase of the Champions League.”

Nonetheless, Sampaoli has an immediate challenge ahead of him as Argentina lies fifth in the CONMEBOL region qualifier standings with four games remaining.