Man City ESCAPE a FIFA transfer ban after being found guilty over ‘international transfers of minors’… as Premier League champions only get a paltry £315,000 fine
- Manchester City have been fined £315,000 for breaching transfer rules
- The Premier League champions did escape receiving a transfer ban from FIFA
- FIFA did take into account the fact that City accepted its responsibility
Manchester City have been fined £315,000 for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, FIFA has announced.
City were found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
The disciplinary committee took into account the fact that City accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with the £315,000 fine.
Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban from FIFA after breaching transfer rules
The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The decision issued by the disciplinary committee was notified on Tuesday.
The Premier League champions were facing a ban from making signings, a punishment meted out to Chelsea – for two transfer windows – earlier this year.
City did receive a £315,000 fine after being found guilty over ‘international transfers of minors’
FIFA has been investigating City’s international transfers for several years, although the club were cleared of breaking the rules when they signed Benjamin Garre from Velez Sarsfield in 2016 just after the Argentinian midfielder’s 16th birthday.
Last year, two players from Ghana’s Right to Dream football academy, Sierra Leone’s George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.
Both have since left City but FIFA has been investigating their time with the English club.
The news will come as a relief to club chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak
In regards to international transfers of players aged under 18, they are only allowed in three circumstances: the players’ parents have moved to the new country for non-footballing reasons, they and the club are based close to the relevant national border or the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area and the player is at least 16.
As well as Chelsea, Spanish trio Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been punished for signing underage players from abroad in the past.
Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport – an avenue Chelsea have explored.