Spanish giants Barcelona have been fined a trivial £265 after being found guilty of tapping forward Antoine Griezmann last season while the striker was attached to rivals Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann joined Barcelona during the summer transfer window after the Catalans triggered the €120m buyout clause in his Atletico Madrid contract. And now Football Federation (RFEF) has found the club guilty of opening negotiations with the Frenchman without Madrid's permission. However, in their Thursday's publication, RFEF insists it was not possible to prove a formal contract was signed.
Spain's governing body also acknowledged the insignificance of the fine, which represents only 0.000045 percent of Barcelona’s €671.42 million salary budget this season.
"Taking into account the economic capacity of the club and the amount of the fine, this committee is aware that the payment of €300, beyond its merely symbolic character, will not damage the sanctioned club and, probably, will not persuade other clubs in the same situation in the future to adjust their conduct to the regulations," a statement read.
According to RFEF, there was 'no sufficient reason' to impose the other possible sanction of closing Camp Nou for a match, which it says would be to punish “infractions of a different nature”.
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