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Atletico Madrid report Barcelona to FIFA over Antoine Griezmann approach

Atletico Madrid has reportedly complain to FIFA over an alleged illegal approach made by Barcelona for striker 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.

According to BBC Sport, however, Los Rojiblancos are unhappy with their domestic rivals’ conduct in meeting with Griezmann’s relatives – an approach they deem illegal and against FIFA rules.

“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.”

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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