Manchester City avoid transfer ban despite admitting to breaching Fifa regulations

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 14, 2019

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed the club will only receive a fine for breaching regulations relating to the signing of young players.

The Premier League giants have instead been fined £315,000 for breaking the rules.

City's English rivals Chelsea are now serving a one-year transfer ban after also being found guilty by the body in February of breaching regulations relating to the recruitment of minors.

Like Chelsea, FIFA has found City to be in breach of regulations regarding the recruitment of youth players.

"All of the breaches occurred before December 2016 when guidance on the interpretation of the provisions was issued, since which date Manchester City has been fully compliant".

It's claimed that the authorities' disciplinary committee took into account that City have accepted they didn't stick to the rule book, even though Federation Internationale de Football Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport often punish breaches of underage player transfers the most severely.

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A statement from FIFA read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the global transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

In May 2017, City were banned from signing academy players for two years and fined £300,000 after breaching Premier League transfer rules.

But City are not out of the ill-disciplinary waters just yet, as they face being thrown out of the Champions League for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations in a separate case with UEFA.

Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport - an avenue Chelsea have explored.

The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons. Even then, the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.

The club remain adamant that they have done nothing wrong, regularly attacking the FFP process during their investigation, releasing a statement in May maintaining that the accusations are "entirely false".

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