The FIFA Disciplinary Commission has announced a penalty of 340,000 euros to Manchester City, the current champion of the Premier, by irregular signings of minors. According to the highest world football organization, the English club failed to comply with the rules of transfer and international registration of players under 18 years of age.
FIFA has taken into consideration that the City has assumed its responsibilities and that is why the club thus avoids being sanctioned with one or more windows without signing. In February, FIFA sanctioned Chelsea without being able to sign for two market windows. Barcelona and Real Madrid were sanctioned in their day for the same reason.
City violated article 19
The penalty comes for violating article 19 of the disciplinary code, which says that “international transfers can only be made if the players are of legal age”, except for the change of residence of the parents for reasons unrelated to football, transfers that take place within the European Union or the European Economic Community if it is between 16 and 18 years old or if the player lives a maximum distance of 100 kilometers from the clubhouse.
According to the FIFA statement, “the protection of minors is a key element of the regulatory framework for player transfers”. The City is still being investigated by the Premier (breach of rules of fair financial play), the English Federation (transfer of minors) and UEFA (fair financial play with possible expulsion from the Champions League).