“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC”
“For breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.”
“Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, Article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.”
“The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility”
“And sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.”
The fine is in Swiss Francs, which equates to around 315,000 pounds or 340,000 Euros.
The statement went on to say:
“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players.”
“The effective enforcement of these rules is paramount”
“This has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
City will be glad they avoided a transfer ban, as Chelsae faced in the results of a similar case.
Chelsea was handed a two transfer window player registration embargo for their part in the transfer of players under the age of 18.
It appears City’s compliance and transparency to their mistake, helped them receive a much lighter punishment than the Stamford Bridge club.
Chelsea is not the only ones to have faced transfer ban punishments for a similar infringement of this FIFA rule.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona have faced much sterner punishments too.
City has an agreement/working relationship with Danish side FC Nordsjaelland and the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana.
Both are owned by the same person, Tom Vernon.
It is through this agreement/working relationship that last year two players, George Davies of Sierra Leone and Dominic Oduro of Ghana confessed in a newspaper interview to having played for City before they turned 18.
This constituted a breach of article 19 according to FIFA,
City will be happy the case is closed, and to pay the fine. They will be ecstatic to avoid a similar fate that some of their rivals faced.