Man City reportedly facing FIFA transfer ban for next two windows

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Premier League champions Manchester City are to be banned from recruiting new players for the new two transfer windows, according to a report.

Chelsea have recently been found guilty of the same and have received a similar ban, although they are intending to appeal the matter - City may do the same.

As reported by The Sun, football's governing body has been conducting a thorough investigation and has confirmed City have breached the rules on the transfers of minors.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are also launching a second probe into City's funding of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana, which if found guilty could land them in even more serious trouble.

City signed George Davies and Dominic Oduro and played the pair in youth matches before they were 18.

It was alleged that City had a deal in place with Nordsjaelland owner Tom Vernon that they will have first refusal over both players.

There are only three ways that global transfers for players under 18 can go through - if the players' guardians move to the country for non-footballing reasons, if the family and the club are based close to the relevant national border or if the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area while the player is at least 16 years old.

If true, that would be a breach of the rules preventing the third-party ownership of players, as City could be argued to have undue influence over another club's players.

In regards to worldwide 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.

The Blues were also fined nearly £400,000 for a similar offence and it is claimed an announcement is "coming very soon".

"It is coming very soon".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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