Manchester City 'facing transfer ban' amid protection of young player allegations

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

"We have been investigating City as part of a long-term investigation".

However, UEFA opened a formal investigation into the Premier League champions' financial conduct earlier this month amid a number of alleged violations.

According to The Sun, FIFA are set to announce within days that City breached rules over the transfer of minors.

City also wanted a centre-back and a striker, though Guardiola will now reportedly be unable to sign any players until next summer.

Manchester City are set to be hit with a two-window transfer ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

City are now under investigation by the Football Association and Premier League for possible infractions in financial fair play and youth transfers.

According to The Sun, though, FIFA believes City have crossed the line, though, in regards to their relationship with FC Nordsjaelland and the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana that is also owned by the Danish side's president Tom Vernon.

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Last year, two players from the academy, Sierra Leone's George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish media they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.

Reports claimed that City had a secret deal with Vernon that the club will have first refusal over both prospects.

There are only three ways that global transfers for players under 18 can go through - if the players' guardians move to the country for non-footballing reasons, if the family and the club are based close to the relevant national border or if the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area while the player is at least 16 years old.

If true, that would be a breach of the rules preventing the third-party ownership of players, as City could be argued to have undue influence over another club's players.

The Blues were also fined nearly £400,000 for a similar offence and it is claimed an announcement is "coming very soon".

"It is coming very soon".

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