Twitter Reacts to the Real and Atletico Madrid Transfer Bans

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 14, 2016

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - DECEMBER 13: Danilo Luiz da Silva (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF look dejected during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid CF at El Madrigal on December 13, 2015 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Shock waves were felt throughout the football world Thursday with the news that both Real and Atletico Madrid were to be banned from registering any new players for two transfer windows, per BBC Sport.

BREAKING: #RealMadrid and #Atleti banned from transfers for windows of summer 2016 and January 2017 by FIFA.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 14, 2016

The punishment related to the signing of players under the age of 18, making it identical to the ban handed to Barcelona in 2014:

Real Madrid broke one of the FIFA rules about signing players under the age of 18 just like Barcelona, and are now being punished.

— SocialRMadrid (@SocialRMadrid) January 14, 2016

It's exactly the same as Barca's situation. Sport (a Catalan newspaper) say more than 50 players at Real Madrid were under suspicion.

— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) January 14, 2016

Like Barca, it is likely the two clubs will appeal the bans:

Remember, Barca stalled 2-transfer window ban to sign Suarez in 2014 summer window. Don't rule out Real & Atletico delaying ban until 2017

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) January 14, 2016

The clubs could still try to work around the bans:

In a further question of money vs football, how many players will move to Real Madrid in summer & wait like Turan/Vidal to play from Jan?

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) January 14, 2016

So who do we reckon will be the player who'll 'do a Turan' & sign for Real anyway, only to sit in his pants for six months? I'm going Icardi

— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) January 14, 2016

Curiously, the signings under question include that of Luca Zidane, son of new Real boss Zinedine:

One of the illegal signings that caused Real Madrid to be banned was Luca Zidane - son of current coach Zinedine.

— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) January 14, 2016

Oh the irony that RealMadrid are banned from transfers in part because they signed Luca Zidane, the son of their current coach

— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) January 14, 2016

The bans may hold significant repercussions for a number of other clubs that hoped to do business with Real and Atleti in the coming windows:

#ThatMomentWhen you think about who your club might sign this summer.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 14, 2016

Crikey, 2 window transfer bans for Real & Atletico. Penny for the thoughts of David De Gea and Eden Hazard...@ChelseaFC @ManUtd

— Alfie Jones (@everydaypundit) January 14, 2016

If you were hoping Real Madrid’s fax machine would be fixed by this summer.

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 14, 2016

Ronaldo and Bale not going anywhere then...

— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) January 14, 2016

Well it looks like De Gea's staying until June 2017 at least! #MUFC

— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) January 14, 2016

Chelsea's pursuit of Diego Simeone just received a timely boost with that transfer ban. Will he stay not being able to sign players?

— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) January 14, 2016

The ban is likely to be felt particularly hard by Real after a disastrous start to the season:

Real Madrid live for signing players. It's their favourite thing to do, more than actually playing football. The evil empire has been halted

— James McManus (@JamesMcManus1) January 14, 2016

Real Madrid clearly doing many things wrong off the pitch. De Gea's FAX, Cheryshev's suspension and now this. Just wow.

— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) January 14, 2016

Rafa hired, lose 4-0 in Clasico, kicked out of Copa, Rafa fired & transfer ban. Disastrous season for Real Madrid - and it's only January...

— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) January 14, 2016

The Real Madrid plan to recycle the side (and accept offers for Ronaldo and Benzema, for instance) will have to wait to the summer 2017

— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 14, 2016

Atleti may not suffer quite as much:

Atleti in a good position to see through the ban. Might possess best group of young players in the world. All positions covered but CF.

— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) January 14, 2016

This transfer ban is great news for Fernando Torres, who might now need to be given a new Atletico contract...

— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) January 14, 2016

The media, on the other hand...:

You can't ban Real Madrid from signing players. Won't somebody please think of the clickbait?!

— Mark Jones (@Mark_Jones86) January 14, 2016

A Real Madrid transfer ban is the biggest SEO catastrophe of our time.

— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) January 14, 2016