Football

Real's transfer ban reduced

Real Madrid can buy new players in next summer's transfer window after sport's highest court yesterday halved their initial two-window ban imposed by Fifa.

The Spanish giants' appeal against Fifa's punishment for illegally buying under-aged foreigners was partially upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday.

A CAS statement said Fifa's decision handed down in April had been replaced by its own verdict.

"Real Madrid is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for one entire transfer period (previously two)," CAS said.

Real's initial 360,000 Swiss francs (S$505,000) fine has been reduced to 240,000. - WIRE SERVICES

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