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Atletico report Barcelona to FIFA over Griezmann approach

Reuters , Tuesday 19 Dec 2017
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Atletico's Antoine Griezmann greeting fans after the 1-1 draw in the Champions League Group C soccer match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Griezmann has apologized after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 AP
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Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to FIFA for an illegal transfer approach for Antoine Griezmann.

The French forward has been linked with the Catalan club in the Spanish media and Barcelona director Guillermo Amor told Movistar on Sunday that president Josep Maria Bartomeu may have made contact with Griezmann's family, who are also his representatives, over a potential move.

"Atletico Madrid have presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his people," Atletico told Reuters.

"Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are currently top and Atletico are second."

Barcelona, who were issued with a one-year transfer ban in 2014 for signing under-age players by world football governing body FIFA, did not respond when asked for comment.

FIFA said they had received the complaint from Atletico, but had no further comment at this stage.

Griezmann, 26, signed a new Atletico contract in June until 2022, which has a 100 million euro ($118.2 million) release clause.

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