Federation Internationale de Football Association takes decision on transfer ban for Manchester City

  • Federation Internationale de Football Association takes decision on transfer ban for Manchester City

Federation Internationale de Football Association takes decision on transfer ban for Manchester City

"The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City for breaches relating to the worldwide transfer and registration of players under the age of 18", a statement from football's governing body stated.

The Premier League giants have instead been fined £315,000 for breaking the rules.

The FIFA Discplinary Committee brought forward its decision on Tuesday, sanctioning City for breaches related to worldwide transfers and registration of players under 18.

Chelsea were sanctioned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in February for breaching rules in relation to 29 youth players, and were fined £460,000 in addition to their transfer ban.

"The Club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question".

Like Chelsea, FIFA has found City to be in breach of regulations regarding the recruitment of youth players.

"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 worldwide transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games", the statement read.

City dodges a bullet here and doesn't get the same sanction as Chelsea, who were unable to sign any players in the summer transfer window after breaking the exact same rules.

The Manchester Evening News suggests that City's breach came in relation to the transfers of teenagers George Davies and Dominic Oduro from the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana to Danish side Nordsjaelland.

A statement from FIFA read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the global transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

City are also facing a separate investigation from UEFA regarding financial fair play (FFP), which was opened in March. Chelsea launched another appeal in June to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chelsea are now in the midst of their two-window ban. It brought in the rules to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.

Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18.

The club remain adamant that they have done nothing wrong, regularly attacking the FFP process during their investigation, releasing a statement in May maintaining that the accusations are "entirely false".