Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has claimed that he paid the €300 fine out of his own pocket for the Antoine Griezmann's deal to Barcelona. Atletico had launched a complaint to the Spanish Federation regarding the Catalans’ approach for the Frenchman.
They argued that the Camp Nou outfit approached the player when his release clause was still €200million and only spoke to Atletico after the clause came down to €120m, which was the amount for which Barcelona signed Griezmann.
After investigating the matter, Barcelona were handed a paltry fine of €300 and Cerezo has now revealed that he sent that amount to Catalans out of his own pocket.
"The Federation imposed a fine of 300 euros I actually paid it. I paid it to Barcelona,” he was quoted by AS.
He also played down reports claiming that the Rojiblancos were paid €15 million by Barcelona as a peace offering over this fiasco surrounding the Frenchman while also getting the first refusal options for five Atletico Madrid stars.
"I don't usually talk about money-related issues and on this occasion, I'm not going to say anything. These are issues between clubs which need to stay between the two clubs", he said.
"If tomorrow, Barcelona decide they want one of our players, first they have to call to let us know - as they always have done and will continue to do".