Manchester City have been hit with a £315,000 fine for breaches regarding international transfers and registration of players under the age of 18.
However, the Blues have escaped a transfer ban, for which they will breathe a sigh of relief.
Earlier this year, Chelsea were handed a two-window ban for a similar breach with regards to signing players under the age of 18. The Blues were also handed a £460,000 fine.
Manchester City avoid transfer ban; hit with fine
The ban put the Blues in a rather problematic position as they were unwilling to strengthen their squad and sign a replacement for Eden Hazard. City, on the other hand, will have no such worries as they have only been slapped with a fine.
FIFA released a statement earlier today explaining why City escaped with just a fine. The governing body revealed that the Manchester outfit had taken responsibility for their actions and had co-operated in the FIFA investigation, which reduced their liability.
City also released a statement which can be seen below:
“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 international transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games.
“The Club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question. All of the breaches occurred before December 2016 when guidance on the interpretation of the provisions was issued, since which date Manchester City has been fully compliant.
“The Club regards highly and shares FIFA’s determination to ensure the protection of minors in football and has cooperated fully with the investigation which has been transparent and evidenced-based at all times.”
City still under investigation for breach of FFP regulations
However, the club are not out of the woods as yet. They are still being investigated by FIFA and UEFA for potential breaches in Financial Fair Play. If the allegations are proven to be true, they could be handed a Champions League ban in the future.