Barcelona Fined for Griezmann Transfer
The Spanish Royal Football Federation (RFEF) has fined Barcelona €300 for their role in the transfer of France International Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona.
The former Real Sociedad player moved to the Camp Nou from the capital-based club for €120m- a figure claimed by Atletico Madrid to be less than the player’s release clause of €200m as at the time they reached an agreement for the player’s transfer.
According to the RFEF, it deemed Barcelona’s contact with the player while he was still under contract with Atletico, a slight breach of article 126 of its Disciplinary Code.
A RFEF statement read: “It is evident that the amount of economic sanction does not bear any proportion to the importance of the facts that have given rise to this file.”
“Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the fine, this committee is aware that the payment of 300 euros, beyond its merely symbolic character, will not damage the sanctioned club and, probably, will not persuade other clubs in the same situation in the future to adjust their conduct to the regulations."
"However, this is not a sufficient reason for this committee to opt for the imposition of a sanction - the closing of the stadium by a party - which, as stated, seems to be intended for infractions of another nature", concluded the RFEF.
Griezmann joined the Blaugranas on July 12 after earlier announcing he would be leaving Atletico in May. He is the sixth most expensive signing in the world.
He has scored three goals in his first six La Liga games for the club.
Barcelona take on Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in a La Liga clash on Saturday.