Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Atletico slams CAS as transfer ban stays

Atletico slams CAS as transfer ban stays

Atletico were hopeful of succeeding in having their transfer embargo lifted this summer, as they appealed against a sanction handed down by Federation Internationale de Football Association for breaking rules on signing junior players.

While this will not stop Griezmann leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, the ruling puts the Frenchman in a hard position as he considers walking away from the club he still has strong bind with.

"We believe the decision to maintain the prohibition of registering players in the summer of 2017 shows preferential and discriminatory treatment to our club as recently in a similar case the sanction was partially lifted", said a statement from Atletico on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid's hopes of buying new players this summer have been dashed after the Court of Arbitration (CAS) for Sport upheld Fifa's transfer ban on the club.

As per BBC Sport, the club were considering activating the Frenchman's 100 million Euro escape clause this summer, however a source close to the deal states Griezmann is no longer a priority.

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Logically, failure to overturn the ban would mean the Rojiblancos can not now sign either Diego Costa or Sandro Ramirez, which would have a domino effect in the summer transfer window.

The decision could also affect the future of striker Antoine Griezmann, the subject of frequent speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, who could snap up the France worldwide by triggering his 100 million euro (Rs 724,65,00,000) release clause.

One option floated is that Diego Costa may still sign for Atleti now, however he'll only begin playing for the club in January.

Cape Town - Antoine Griezmann insists he will make a decision on his future in the coming weeks, although Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo will have the final say.

United have been heavily linked with a move for the French global for the past few months, with recent reports suggesting that Griezmann has already agreed personal terms with the Europa League winners.

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