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Atletico Madrid committing no violations in their handling of on-loan Barcelona forward

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After Antoine Griezmann made his fourth successive appearance off the benchin the game against Real Sociedad, it was noted that Barcelona’s legal team launched a query to understand whether Atletico Madrid are breaking any law by forcing the Frenchman to limit his appearances.

As it turns out, the team from the capital city are working within their rights and are, in fact, not breaking any law.

Griezmann is in the second year of his loan spell with Atletico Madrid, following which, the Rojiblancos will have to exercise the obligatory buy option which is worth €40 million. 

However, for the clause to come into effect, the Frenchman is obliged to play at least 45 minutes in 50% of the games in which he is available. While the condition was rightly fulfilled last season, Atletico are seeming reluctant to meet the mentioned demands this season.

At the time of writing, Griezmann has clocked a mere 109 minutes in four league games. This translate to an aggregate of fewer than 30 minutes of action per game; 27.25 minutes to be exact.

Hence, the approach Atletico are taking is pretty much understandable. Interestingly enough, however, the team isn’t really breaching any labour law. 

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, while Atletico’s actions are indeed against the ethics, there is no legal violation from their part and Barcelona do not really have any room for action.

All this is because the contract was authorised by the player himself. This has led to the situation that Griezmann is now in no position to demand more game time.

According to the Spanish Workers’ Statute, ‘the corresponding obligation of the employer to provide the activity agreed in the employment contract, that is, the obligations of all employer are not exhausted in hiring with remuneration and contributions, the employment relationship must also be given content.’

This basically means Atletico will be well within the law even if they do play Griezmann for the rest of the season, as the law only requires the player to be registered and train with the rest of the group.

All this is certain to leave Barcelona frustrated, but there seems to be nothing that they can do at the moment.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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