Manchester City sanctioned, escapes ban

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After admitting to a breach of regulations on signing youth players, Manchester City have been fined 370,000 Swiss Francs ($ 379,000) without transfer ban by FIFA.

The Premier League champions were found guilty of disobeying the rules concerning “the international transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games”,

Earlier this year, Chelsea were banned from signing players for two transfer windows for a similar rule breach – but the club are appealing to have that overturned.

But City avoided the ban as it accepted its responsibility. “According to FIFA regulations, the club concerned can voluntarily admit the mistake and apply to FIFA for punishment,” FIFA responded to recent questions.

“The club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question,” City said in a statement.

The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.