Antoine Griezmann’s transfer to Barcelona could lead to closure of Nou Camp

The row over Antoine Griezmann’s summer transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona could lead to the Catalans being forced to play a match behind closed doors.

Atletico are determined not to let the matter of Griezmann’s controversial summer move lie, and remain adamant that Barca owe them more than the £107million they paid for the Frenchman in the summer.

A release clause in Griezmann’s contract set at that figure kicked in during the latter half of the transfer window, having previously being at £178m.

The Spanish side are claiming that surplus £71m as they claim that the transfer had already been set up long before the lower release clause started.

Antoine Griezmann was close to joining Barcelona in the summer of 2018, only to dramatically announce that he had decided to remain in Atletico.

Barca claim that they have done nothing wrong, but Atletico’s pursuit of the money has led to a Spanish Football Federation investigation, which is being overseen by a top judge.

According to, one of the punishments that could be meted out to Barcelona is the closure of their stadium for a league match.

However, they add that the much more likely punishment for the Spanish giants would be a fine, and a meagre one at that.

Griezmann has played four matches for Barcelona so far, scoring twice in a 5-2 victory over Valencia on his home debut last month.

Barcelona will face Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Atletico Madrid host Juventus on Wednesday.


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