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Barca Escape With Petty Fine Over Griezmann

Barca Escape With Petty Fine Over Griezmann

Barcelona have escaped serious punishment from the Spanish football authorities over the summer purchase of Antoine Griezmann.

Barca bought the French international from Atletico Madrid in the summer when they triggered his €120million release clause but they were accused of being in discussions with the play-maker when that figure was €200m and faced sanctions from the Spanish FA.

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There was talk that Barca could have been made to play a game behind closed doors as a result of being found guilty but the punishment handed out is far less than that and they have been ordered to pay a paltry €300 fine.

Atletico were furious with both Barca and the player, who was with them for five years, saying they had “the strongest repulsion for the behavior of both, especially Barcelona.”

The Spanish football federation said Barca broke the rules by engaging in talks with Griezmann without Atletico’s permission, although the player himself was not found responsible for any wrongdoing.
The small amount of the fine corresponds to the regulations according to the local media in Barcelona.

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