Man City fined but avoid transfer ban over rules breach

Manchester City

Manchester City

Manchester City have narrowly avoided being slapped with a transfer ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association after acknowledging that they had breached rules regarding worldwide transfers and registration of underage players.

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

Back in March of 2019, it was reported by The Times that City could be facing a similar ban to that of Chelsea for allegedly breaching FIFA's rules on youth players.

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

Man City confirmed that it had received the fine, and accepted full responsibility for the breaches, owing to misinterpretation of the regulations.

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.

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.

City were found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said City breached article 19 of its regulations: "International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18".

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.

In regards to global transfers of players aged under 18, they are only allowed in three circumstances: the players' parents have moved to the new country for non-footballing reasons, they and the club are based close to the relevant national border or the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area and the player is at least 16. The club have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against UEFA's investigation and club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said the club will "unquestionably prevail".

Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18. The club has been fined more than $370,000 as a result.

They live within 100km of the overseas club.