Manchester City avoid transfer ban for breaching rules over signing youngsters – but are fined £340,000


MANCHESTER CITY have avoided being hit with a transfer ban for breaching rules over signing youngsters – but have been fined £340,000.

The Etihad giants had been set to face a similar punishment to Chelsea, who aren’t allowed to sign any new players until July 2020.

Man City have escaped a transfer ban but have been fined £340,000 over certain transfers for young stars
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The Blues also broke rules regarding the transfers of minors, but City have escaped with just a £340,000 fine.

Earlier this year, a Fifa insider told SunSport of the potential ban heading Man City’s way.

They claimed: “We have been investigating City as part of a long-term investigation.

“We expect there will be an announcement on City very soon.”

A new wave of investigations into City’s dealings was triggered when African proteges George Davies and Dominic Oduro told a Danish publication they had represented the club before turning 18.


Man City have previously been banned from signing youth players from rival clubs and fined £30,000 after being found guilty of tapping-up two schoolboys.

And earlier this year, Football Leaks claimed then-14-year-old Jadon Sancho’s move from Watford to City could have been illegal.

City agreed to pay Watford £150,000 for the England star, with another £500,000 due based on appearances, according to Der Spiegel.

It is then claimed Sancho’s agent, Emeka Obasi, was handed “what appeared to be a scouting contract” worth £200,000.

Spiegel say the money was described as an “agent fee” in internal City documents, despite being nominally for “scouting services”.

The German magazine also claimed to have a copy of a letter sent by City to Sancho’s father in March 2015, laying out his salary, signing bonus and other financial numbers.

According to the documents, a club lawyer intervened to “make it clear this was not an offer”.

But he admitted “there is a risk that this would still be deemed to be an inducement and therefore a breach” of rules outlawing payments to minors.


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