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Manchester City dodge transfer ban for signing youth players, fined $587k instead

Manchester City dodge transfer ban for signing youth players, fined $587k instead”

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban despite admitting breaking Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on signing young players but were fined £315,000 after breaching rules on the transfer and regulation of foreign players under the age of 18.

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

"The disciplinary committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of 370,000 Swiss francs".

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.

City say the breaches, which all occurred before December 2016, were as a result of "misinterpretation of the regulations in question".

The Premier League champions have been ordered to pay CHF370,000 (£314,577) for breaching article 19 of FIFA's rules on the status and transfer of players.

The club issued a statement in response to the sanction, accepting responsibility.

The club are now being investigated by Uefa for alleged financial fair play violations.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told The Times that the breaches alleged to have been committed by City were similar to those that saw Chelsea sanctioned, and that it looks certain that the same two- window transfer ban is imposed.

In regards to global 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.

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

City also recruited Pedro Pozzo from sister-club Girona, Zack Steffan from Columbus Crew, Ryotaro Meshino from Gamba Osaka, and they also re-signed left-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.



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