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.
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”.
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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.