Calderon slams FIFA over ban

Calderon slams FIFA over ban


Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has slammed FIFA over the transfer ban handed to Los Blancos and Atletico de Madrid.

Both clubs were banned from registering new players for the next two transfer windows after the world governing body found that they have breached rules over the signing of players under the age of 18 from overseas.

It is a similar punishment to the one handed down to Barcelona, which expired this month, allowing players such as Arda Turan and Alex Vidal to play for the club having signed last summer.

Speaking to Omnisport, Calderon did not hold back on his thoughts on FIFA, saying: “I think FIFA should be more flexible with the interpretation of the rule.

“Almost all the children come here to fulfil a dream, to forget a difficult situation. And here, they can have a hope. During my nine years in Real Madrid, the club has given everything to them in terms of their sport and personal education.

“We take care of them given an opportunity, so maybe there are some cases where Madrid has broken the rules but I think FIFA should manage this matter with more flexibility.”

He also gave his thoughts on the recent appointment of Zinedine Zidane, saying the new boss is inexperienced to lead a dressing room full of egos.

He commented: “He doesn’t have any experience, just training a year-and-a-half in a third division team. He was a great player which gives him a huge advantage to know how to manage these kinds of players, he knows how it is working in a changing room with a lot of stars.”