The Spanish giants can buy players again next summer
Real Madrid have had their transfer ban reduced to just one transfer window after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the original sanction imposed on them.
The Spanish team released the following statement a short time ago:
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has today informed Real Madrid C. F. of their decision by which they have partially upheld the appeal lodged by the club against the FIFA resolution which imposed a sanction forbidding the signing of players for two transfer windows, reducing said sanction to just one period, corresponding to the January 2017 transfer window.
"The decision highlights the injustice of the original ban imposed by FIFA, although the club regrets that the CAS lacked the courage to revoke the ruling entirely," it added.
The club will also have to pay a reduced fine of CHF 240,000 (roughly €225,000) - reduced from CHF 360,000 (roughly €337,000) to FIFA.
A statement for CAS confirmed: "In essence, the Sole Arbitrator found that some of the rule violations alleged by FIFA could be upheld, but not all of them. Considering that the infractions committed by Real Madrid CF were less serious and less numerous than argued by the FIFA judiciary bodies, the Sole Arbitrator ruled that the sanctions imposed on Real Madrid CF had to be reduced."
The Spanish club were originally sanctioned after breaching rules in relation to the recruitment of foreign under-age players.