Manchester City sanctioned for signing minors

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

Manchester City has been fined for improperly signing young soccer players but avoided a ban on transfers.

Chelsea are now serving a transfer ban for breaching article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in the case of 29 minors, and the club was unable to sign players this summer as part of a one-year punishment.

There was a risk they could be punished with a transfer ban after Chelsea were banned from registering new players for two windows after a similar breach of Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations.

Federation Internationale de Football Association didn't specify exactly what the club had done wrong and how many players were involved, but City said the breaches involved players who were taken on trial or played in friendly games.

The Premier League club could have faced a transfer ban, but instead FIFA's Disciplinary Committee fined City 370,000 Swiss Francs (339,000 euros or $379,000).

City's offences relate to the transfers and registrations of players under the age of 18, which break FIFA's overall regulatory framework.

City's English rivals Chelsea are now serving a one-year transfer ban after also being found guilty by the body in February of breaching regulations relating to the recruitment of minors.

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

City said the rule breach was in relation to players on trial and their participation in friendly games, and that the club had been "fully compliant" since.

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

Man City spent more than £150million in the transfer market this summer, and even broke their club-record transfer fee.

But City are not out of the ill-disciplinary waters just yet, as they face being thrown out of the Champions League for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations in a separate case with UEFA.

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

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