La Liga defending champions Barcelona could be made to close the Camp Nou as the penalty for agreeing on a contract with former Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann early and may be issued a fine for the transfer according to El Mundo reports.
The Frenchman joined the Catalan club from Atletico Madrid for a reported transfer fee of 120 million euros, but the Los Rojiblancos later lodged legal charges corresponding the transfer stating that Barca should pay the clause of 200 million euros since the deal was agreed before the clause dropped to €120m from €200m, on 1st of July.
A succeeding statement from Atletico Madrid claimed that they would take the Catalan titans to the court concerning the deal, which they consider they can prove was accepted before the clause dropped.
Juantxo Landaberea is now taking the case, as described by the news source, and confident that Barcelona might be punished by a stadium ban as proper punishment for violating the rules, should they be found guilty.
It was understood that Barcelona has already been fined £266 for infringing articles 88 and 126 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code, as revealed by El Mundo, Juantxo Landaberea, the judge working for the RFEF’s Competition Committee, intends to see Barcelona punished with a game played behind closed doors at the Nou Camp.
However, the proposal still requires to be passed through a thorough and proper legal procedure, it is currently being examined by the investigating judge after Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil took hold of an essential email – crucially sent in March as evidence against Barcelona.
In the email sent by his lawyer, Sevan Karian to Griezmann’s sister and agent Maud as well as their father Alain, the details of Griezmann’s move to the Nou Camp are described.
Atletico is confident that is a piece of sufficient evidence to show Barcelona were communicating with the star and have therefore contravened Fifa regulations surrounding transfers and clubs speaking to contracted players.
However, according to AS, the Spanish FA think it is highly unlikely the one-match ban would actually go through.
Atletico can not dismiss the case under Spanish law after they had initially filed a complaint to the Spanish football federation (RFEF), and the stadium bans punishment is outlined in articles 88 and 126 of the federal disciplinary code.
The 28-year-old has made an exceptional start at Barcelona and has popularly known as one of the most elegant attacking players in the world in recent times.
He scored twice with an assist against Real Betis last month before making another assist in their 5-2 victory over Valencia last weekend.
Barcelona is currently fifth in La Liga standings, two points and three places behind Atletico Madrid – with Sevilla seating atop of the table.
Nevertheless, Barcelona might still regret the way they negotiated the contract deal if they ended up with an heavy punishment.