Atletico Madrid fined for breaching third-party regulations

FIFA has fined Atletico Madrid and warned the side over future conduct after finding the club contravened rules relating to third parties.

Atletico Madrid has been fined by the FIFA for breaching third-party regulations.   -  Getty Images

Atletico Madrid has been fined €46,200 by FIFA for breaching regulations regarding third-party involvement.

The LaLiga club was punished and warned about their future conduct by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, following an investigation.

It comes a year after Atletico was given a two-window transfer ban due to irregularities involving the signing of underage players from overseas.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the club Atletico de Madrid, Spain, with a fine of CHF52,500 [€46,200] and a warning for breaching art. 18bis of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (2014 edition), as well as Annexe 3 of said regulations," FIFA said in a statement.

"The club was found to be liable for entering into a contract that enabled a third party to influence the club's independence in employment and transfer-related matters and entering incorrect information in the International Transfer Matching System (ITMS)."

FIFA also fined Qatar SC, Samuel Eto'o's new club, as part of an ongoing case relating to money the sides owe to their players.

The club has been ordered to pay CHF30,000 (€26,447) and warned it could be deducted six points and face a four-window transfer ban if it fails to pay the outstanding amounts within 90 days.

Al Ahli of United Arab Emirates was given the same punishment, while Al-Shamal of Qatar and Saba Qom of Iran have also been sanctioned.