Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has slammed world football governing body FIFA for imposing a one-year transfer ban on irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18 on the club.
FIFA dismissed Real and city rivals Atletico Madrid’s appeals against a two transfer window ban on Thursday, meaning they won’t be able to register any new players until January 2018 unless further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport are successful.
While very confident that the team’s results will not suffer from the transfer ban imposed by FIFA, Zidane is not happy with the football body and describe their move as "absurd".
He is also concerned at how the ban will affect the youth section of Real as two of his four sons who play in the Madrid academy were among 39 players investigated by FIFA with the club eventually sanctioned for breaking the rules regarding the signing of foreign nationals under 18 in eight cases.
Under international football rules, players under 18 cannot be transferred to another country, except in limited circumstances, and all transfers need the approval of a special FIFA committee.
However, Zidane’s sons appear to meet that criteria as the former World Player of the Year’s family has largely been based in the Spanish capital since he signed for Real as a player in 2001.
“I don’t understand it at all and it bothers me,” Zidane said on Friday ahead of Madrid’s clash with Osasuna.
“I can talk about my (sons) that have been born and lived their whole lives here. It is absurd that they can’t play football.
“What we are going to do now is wait and hope that this subject is fixed as quickly as possible".
Zidane’s primary focus is on Saturday’s home game against Osasuna and the expected return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from injury.
Without the two, Real won their opening two league games, a 3-0 triumph at Real Sociedad and a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.
Zidane did not reveal if Ronaldo, who got hurt in Portugal Euro 2016 final victory over France, will start on Saturday.