Man City avoid transfer ban
Manchester City have been handed some great news on Tuesday, August 13th.
Back in March of 2019, it was reported by The Times that City could be facing a similar transfer ban to that handed to Chelsea, for allegedly breaching FIFA’s rules on youth players.
Chelsea are currently in the midst of their two-window ban. The same report from The Times also stated that City’s breaches were similar to those of Chelsea:
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.
However, several news outlets, including the Telegraph, have reported on Tuesday that City will not be receiving a transfer ban, despite admitting to breaching regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of under-18 players.
Instead, Man City have been fined a pretty small sum of £314,650.
As of the time of writing, Manchester City have yet to comment on their fine.
You can read the full statement from FIFA regarding Man City’s punishment below:
Manchester City FC can confirm that it has today received a reprimand and a CHF 370,000 fine following the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concerning the international transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games.
The Club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question. 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.
The Club regards highly and shares FIFA’s determination to ensure the protection of minors in football and has cooperated fully with the investigation which has been transparent and evidenced based at all times. As quoted by Sky Sports News.
Man City vs Tottenham
With the transfer saga seemingly over for City, they can focus their full attentions on pushing for a 3rd successive Premier League title.
City had a solid start to the new league campaign, smashing West Ham United 5-0 on Saturday.
Man City’s next tie sees them take on Tottenham on Saturday the 17th of August.
Spurs also had a decent start to the 2019/20 season, beating newly-promoted Aston Villa 3-1.
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