English Manchester City avoided a prohibition of prohibition of signings by FIFA and will only have to pay a fine of more than 340,000 euros for violating the regulations on signings of minors.
The current Premier League champion has had more luck than Chelsea , which last February was sanctioned with a year without signing, until the summer of 2020 , for irregularities in 29 cases of players under 18 and their transfers and registration, in addition to receiving a fine of 550,000 euros .
However, the Discipline Committee only punished Manchester City financially after verifying that the English team had "accepted their responsibility" in this breach of Article 19 of the FIFA transfer regulations.
"The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA's general regulatory framework related to player transfers, and the effective application of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed several times by the Court of Sports Arbitration" , recalled the governing body of world football in a statement.
The sanctions on Spanish teams
The three great Spanish clubs also went through a similar situation. Barcelona was the first to receive a similar punishment from FIFA. Between 2009 and 2013, the Catalan club signed 16 extra-community minors , including Kubo , now owned by Real Madrid. The TAS finally imposed an economic fine of 370,000 euros on Barça and prohibited it from incorporating players into the winter and summer markets of 2015 . Despite this, he signed players like Arda Turan or Aleix Vidal who later joined the squad.
Atlético de Madrid was also prohibited from signing in the summer and winter 2017 markets due to irregularities in the incorporation of 54 minors, 11 of them registered as serious infractions . The directive claimed TAS but the penalty was reduced. Like Barcelona, Vitolo signed, although the canary could not play until 2018.
Real Madrid was the best unemployed in this matter. In principle, the sanction was going to prohibit him from hiring during the two signing windows of 2017. But his claim to the TAS did come to fruition and finally he was only signed in winter . Among the 51 transfers investigated, the names of the children of Zidane or the brother of the Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay appeared . Whites also had to pay a fine of 328,000 euros .
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