Barcelona have been fined €300 (£266) by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) over irregularities relating to the transfer of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid submitted an official complaint over their LaLiga rivals’ conduct after they signed Griezmann from them in the summer.
Griezmann has scored three goals in six appearances for Barcelona this season
The Spanish champions signed the 28-year-old in July, after the forward’s buyout clause had dropped from €200m (£179m) to €120m (£107million).
Atletico accused their rivals and Griezmann of showing ‘disrespect’ towards the club with their actions and insisted they should receive an extra €80m, as Barcelona had begun talks with the player in March, before his release clause dropped.
RFEF have now determined that Barcelona were guilty of a “minor infringement” of article 126 of their disciplinary code, but have fined the club a paltry €300.
Griezmann has been absolved of any wrongdoing by the federation.
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“This committee is aware that the payment of €300, beyond it’s purely symbolic gesture, will not contribute to the club being punished in this case and probably other clubs that may be in this situation in the future, to fit their conduct within the required rules,” a statement from the RFEF read.
“It is important to highlight that the contacts between FC Barcelona occurred once the player had manifested his intention to leave Atletico Madrid.”
Barcelona and Atletico have yet to offer any comment on the verdict but it is being reported that Barca may appeal the decision.