Atletico Madrid have confirmed they will petition the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after FIFA rejected their appeal against a transfer ban.
Both Atletico and Real Madrid were suspended from signing players for two full transfer windows after they were charged with breaching FIFA regulations relating to the protection and transfer of minors.
The clubs delayed the punishment by appealing the decision, but the governing body’s Appeals Committee has upheld the decision, meaning they will be unable to bring in any players until 2018.
Real confirmed shortly after the decision was announced that they will turn to CAS to try and have the ban overturned, and Atletico have followed suit.
The Rojiblancos say they were anticipating FIFA’s rejection of the appeal and have been preparing for months for the next step.
“Our club does not agree with the ruling,” a statement read. “So we have decided to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Anticipating that FIFA could ratify this ban, the club hired months ago a team of international experts to defend the case and protect the rights of Atletico de Madrid.
“Our organization wishes to express that one hundred percent of the licenses of our players that are part of this investigation and are still in the club, have been regularised by FIFA, receiving the authorization from the subcommittee in order to process their licenses and compete in their different categories.”