Manchester City are facing a one-year transfer ban for breaching Premier League and FIFA Academy player recruitment regulations, according to Danish newspaper Politiken via the Times.
The Premier League champions are alleged to have made six-figure payments to the families of eight foreign players aged under 18.
Chelsea are also under investigation for similar allegations involving the acquisition of Andreas Christensen back in 2012.
Manchester City facing transfer ban
Manchester City are at the centre of yet more Football Leaks, this time involving the signings of promising Academy players.
The documents reveal the lengths they were willing to go to in order to sign talented young players.
Defender Mathias Bossaerts is one of the youth players City are understood to have paid to join the club.
The Citizens are alleged to have paid the player’s family £100k, an extra £30k-per-year for three years plus £27k annually for accommodation expenses.
Bossaerts spent four years with the Manchester club but now plys his trade in Holland with Eerste Divisie club NEC Nijmegen.
Documents from the European Investigative Collaborations even show City were willing to pay £10k in relocations fees to a player still involved in under-8s football.
Should Man City be found guilty of the allegations they could face a one-year ban from registering new players.
Manchester City and the Premier League respond
Whilst Manchester City refuted the claims, the Premier League refused to comment.
However, the league did admit they will investigate should they receive ‘substantiated material’.
Manchester City said:
“The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.”
Meanwhile, the Premier League’s statement read:
“It would be inappropriate for the Premier League to comment on part-information regarding specific clubs or players.
“The League has strong regulations in the areas of Academy player recruitment and third-party ownership in addition to FA and Fifa rules.
“Should we receive any substantiated material that suggests our rules may have been breached, we will, of course, investigate and have a track record of doing so.”
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