Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico Madrid have had their bans on signing new players for the next two transfer windows suspended pending the outcome of appeals to FIFA, the clubs said in separate statements on Friday.
The pair, who are third and second respectively in La Liga, were hit with the suspensions by FIFA for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.
The bans do not cover the current transfer window, which runs until the end of this month.
“The FIFA appeals committee has conceded a provisional suspension while our appeal is presented,” Atletico wrote on their Twitter account.
Real added on their website (www.realmadrid.com): “Real Madrid has announced that the FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to provisionally suspend the sanction imposed on the club.”
Both clubs announced they would appeal after being given the punishments earlier this month.
The FIFA probe concerned players featuring in competitions with Atletico from 2007 to 2014 and with Real from 2005 to 2014.