Madrid: Barcelona have been fined only 300 euros ($485) by the Spanish soccer federation after being found to have broken rules during the pursuit of former Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
The Spanish champions paid Griezmann’s €120 million ($194 million) release clause in July but were found to have negotiated with Griezmann without Atletico’s permission beforehand.
Atletico demanded Barcelona pay the €80 million difference between his initial €200 million buyout clause and the €120 million figure it dropped to on July 1.
Griezmann was absolved of any responsibility in the case by the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol (the Spanish soccer federation), who acknowledged in a statement that the minuscule fine would not persuade other clubs to act differently in the future.
The federation said Barcelona had held talks with Griezmann but could not prove a contract had been signed.
“[Barcelona] initiated and maintained negotiations with the player without prior written notice to Atletico Madrid,” said the federation’s statement.