Padraig Whelan

FIFA confirm fine for Man City as they avoid transfer ban

FIFA have announced that Manchester City will not receive a transfer ban as part of their punishment for breaching rules on signing minors.

The Premier League champions had been investigated for the way in which they had recruited players under the age of 18.

World football’s governing body have confirmed that City have been slapped with a fine but will not be banned from signing players.

“Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players,” read a FIFA statement.

The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of 370,000 Swiss francs.”

In recent years, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Chelsea have all been served with transfer bans for breaching rules in signing players under 18.

However, City appear to have avoided that for now due to accepting their wrongdoing in the matter.