In the wake of the transfer ban slapped on Spanish giants Real Madrid by FIFA for flouting transfer rules involving players under 18 years, it has emerged that the club attempted to hide details of one of the players in question.
Real Madrid has been banned from making any new signings in the next two transfer windows and the parents to one of the boys at the center of the controversy have come out to reveal that they never signed an official document with the club.
The parents, Ramon Godoy and Gladys Torralba say their boy, Manuel Godoy was rejected by Madrid after FIFA started investigating the manner in which he was signed by the club.
“We never signed any official document,” Godoy Sr. said. “They did send a letter telling him he had to join up for the season. [Then] one Monday they told the kid that he could not train. They told us FIFA were investigating.
“Real Madrid rejected Manuel, it seemed like they wanted to hide him. They never got back in touch with us. We were told that Real Madrid burned Manuel’s file. They treated Manuel as if he had a sickness.”
The boy’s dad says the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez knew the player personally and congratulated the boy when he scored but stopped all contact when FIFA moved in.
“When Manuel did his trial with Real Madrid we were already living in Madrid a few months before,” Godoy said. “Real Madrid chose Manuel and they sent him the form, and more, he played some tournaments and won an international tournament in Rimini.
“In other tournaments, Manuel scored three goals and Florentino Perez himself came over to give him a hug,” he said.
Real Madrid have appealed against the ruling that means they can only register players in the summer 2017 window.