- Manchester City escape receiving a transfer ban from FIFA
- The Premier League champion City accepted its responsibility which FIFA took into account
- UEFA could still send Man City out of Champions League for FFP breaches
Premier League champions Manchester City have escaped a transfer ban despite being found guilty of overlooking FIFA rules on signing under-18s.
According to Daily Mail report, world football governing body, FIFA opted to hand Manchester City a fine of 370,000 Swiss Francs (£315,000).
Interestingly, Chelsea suffered the same fate of ignoring guidelines, but were banned for two transfer windows.
FIFA’s latest decision has left Chelsea fans furious wondering why Man City got a lesser punishment from football’s empire.
FIFA claimed Chelsea flouted rules regarding the signing of 29 minors under the age of 18.
And this summer, the Stamford Bridge dwellers appealed against their two-window transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but a decision is still being awaited.
On the other hand, Man City were probed by FIFA over the signing of eight overseas players, who were below 18 at the time.
In its statement, FIFA revealed that Man City’s cooperation during the investigations played a part in seeing the Citizens escape a transfer ban.
FIFA’s statement read in part: “The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.”
However, on their part, Man City stressed that their rule breaches occurred before FIFA’s guidelines came into existence in December 2016.
“The club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question,” Man City responded in a statement.
“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.”
In a related development, Man City remain under probe by UEFA and could besent packing from the Champions League over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
Equally, the Premier League are also investigating City's recruitment of academy players, with the Football Association examining their signing of Jadon Sancho as a 14-year-old from Watford.
Legit.ng reported that Antonio Rudiger, German defender, could be rushed back from injury by Chelsea after conceding four times in the Premier League opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
According to the Metro, Rudiger, who had an operation on his knee earlier this year, seeing him sit out the last few games during the 2018-19 campaign, was expected to return to return to action against Wolves by the middle of September.
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