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Real Madrid respond to FIFA regarding transfer ban

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Real Madrid will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Real Madrid has responded to FIFA's decision to uphold the transfer ban. In an Official Announcement on the club website, they said the following:

In light of today's decision by the FIFA Appeal Committee, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to communicate the following:

1. The club regrets said decision, understanding it to be deeply unjust and contrary to the fundamental principles of disciplinary law.

2. The club will begin the appropriate appeals procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), requesting that the decision be completely overturned, with absolute confidence that said organisation will come to an entirely favourable decision.

3. Real Madrid C. F. will request that the procedure be undertaken in an urgent manner in order to obtain a decision from the CAS as quickly as possible.

Translated into layman's terms, the club is basically saying:

1. Hey, this isn't fair and is unjust.

2. We're going to hit up the CAS to try to overturn, and we have confidence the CAS will have our back. (The Court of Arbitration for Sport has the power and jurisdiction to overturn the ban, but it's hard to predict whether they will or not. Resident Managing Madrid legal analyst/founder Gabe Lezra is less than optimistic it'll be overturned.)

3. And we'd like for the CAS to get on this muy pronto.