Man City AVOID transfer ban after breaching same rules as Chelsea

Man City avoid transfer ban from FIFA as Premier League champions hit with fine

Man City avoid transfer ban from FIFA as Premier League champions hit with fine

Manchester City have been found guilty by FIFA of breaking the rules on global transfer and registration of players aged under 18, world football's governing body announced on Tuesday.

City will be relieved not to receive the same sanction as Chelsea, who were unable to sign any players in the summer window after breaching the same rules.

City have no such complications to deal with, however, with a statement on FIFA's official website stating: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the global transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

However, several news outlets, including the Telegraph have reported on Tuesday that City will not be receiving a transfer ban despite admitting to breaching regulations relating to the global transfer and registration of under-18 players.

Federation Internationale de Football Association says City broke rules on transfers for players aged under 18.

Man City confirmed that it had received the fine, and accepted full responsibility for the breaches, owing to misinterpretation of the regulations.

The Premier League club could have faced a transfer ban, but the disciplinary committee of world football's governing body instead imposed a fine of 370,000 Swiss Francs.

City said the rule breach was in relation to players on trial and their participation in friendly games, and that the club had been "fully compliant" since.

The club issued a statement in response to the sanction, accepting responsibility.

City are also facing a separate investigation from UEFA regarding financial fair play (FFP), which was opened in March.

Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport - an avenue Chelsea have explored.

But, City managed to avoid a blanket transfer ban, which Premier League rivals Chelsea were hit with earlier this year. The club has been fined more than $370,000 as a result.

The club remain adamant that they have done nothing wrong, regularly attacking the FFP process during their investigation, releasing a statement in May maintaining that the accusations are "entirely false".

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