Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to FIFA for making an illegal approach for Antoine Griezmann.
Barca’s director of institutional relations, Guillermo Amor, said recently that it was “possible” president Josep Maria Bartomeu had held talks with Griezmann’s family.
In line with FIFA’s rules, clubs that wish to sign a player must first communicate that desire to the player’s club before they can then begin to negotiate with the player if given the green light.
The club and FIFA both confirmed the news, and a spokesperson for Atletico said on Tuesday: “Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona for repeated contact with Griezmann and his people, contact which we are aware of. He is a player with a contract with Atletico Madrid and a long contract at that.”
Unbeaten Atletico are second in the table, six points behind leaders Barcelona, and Marca reported that Atletico feel that the Catalan club’s interest in Griezmann, as real as it might be, is also a destabilising tactic.
The action comes after Amor was asked about Barca’s desire to sign the France international on Sunday after a Mundo Deportivo report that Bartomeu had held a meeting with the forward’s family.
“If that’s what [Mundo Deportivo] said, it’s possible,” Amor told Movistar+. “Maybe there’s been a meeting and things have advanced, although I don’t know. There’s a good understanding, maybe there have been talks.
“Rumours are inevitable in football. In the case of Griezmann, there are a lot of players we could be talking with, initiating some kind of relationship with if there’s an opportunity.
“We’re obliged to have contact with players. It’s something which is done.”
Barcelona issued a statement on Tuesday, denying any sort of intervention.
“There have been no negotiations with Griezmann and, therefore, no irregularities have been committed,” a Barcelona source said.
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