Manchester City have been imposed with an heavy fine as they miss tranfer ban, known to be the punishment for teams accused of poaching young talents from smaller clubs.
The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) landed a fine of £315,000 on the English champions after being charged for breaching rules on transfer of youth players.
Insiders within the club insist the key reason for only receiving a £315,000 fine was the fact that their breaches were less serious than their Premier League rivals, and while precise details are not yet available there does seem to be some truth in that, according to the Mail Sport.
FIFA new regulations also state that a club may have reduced punishments if they own up to their wrongdoings- options not available to Chelsea and other teams that have received such bans in the past.
‘Manchester City FC was found to have breached, among others, article 19 of the Fifa Regulations on the status and transfer of players.
‘The disciplinary committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.’
Man City had reportedly accepted the charges and said they will be comfortable with any punishment. Also adding that the rules flouted were with players on trial being involved in friendly games.
‘The club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question,’ said the English champions.
Two players, George Davies from Sierra Leone and Dominic Oduro from Ghana, in 2018 told a Danish newspaper that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.
The biggest breach however, concerns former Chelsea Burkinabe striker, Bertrand Traore, who was involved with the club for more than two years prior to signing at 18.
Chelsea were consequently sanctioned for breaching rules in relation to 29 youth players, and were fined £460,000 in addition to not being able to sign players in this summer’s transfer window and next January’s.
The Football Association is also investigating Jordon Sancho’s transfer from Watford to Man City.