City avoid transfer ban

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Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz looks set to call time on his spell at the Etihad and join Aston Villa.

Manchester City have been fined by Fifa after admitting breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of minors.

Fifa have slapped the Premier League champions with a £315,000 fine although it’s understood they have avoided a potential transfer ban due to their admission of the offence.

The deal in question is thought to have involved the transfer of African teenagers George Davies and Dominic Oduro from the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana to Danish side Nordsjaelland.

City’s rule breach came to the attention of Fifa when the teenagers told a Danish newspaper that they had signed for City and played youth matches before turning 18.

The governing body of world football says City have breached article 19 of its regulations.

“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,” said football’s world governing body in a statement.

“Manchester City FC was found to have breached, among 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.”

Premier League rivals Chelsea were hit with a two-window transfer ban, which started this summer, due to the same breach. However, they have never admitted guilt and are still trying to appeal the ruling.

Chelsea were fined £460,000 as well as being banned from registering players for the two transfer windows that span across the 2019-20 campaign.

The Etihad outfit may have avoided serious punishment for this offence but are still in danger of being booted out of the Champions League in the future.

Reports emerged earlier this summer claiming UEFA had escalated their investigation into a potential breach of Financial Fair Play rules.

It’s claimed that City’s owners have bankrolled excessive losses in order to mislead UEFA over their compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations.

City’s owners were accused of using inflated sponsorship agreements with Etihad to offset some of their losses.

The Citizens have continued to splash the cash this summer after the addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid for £62million, while they parted with £60million to sign Joao Cancelo from Juventus.

UEFA’s chief Financial Fair Play investigator Yves Leterme referred City’s case to the governing body’s adjudicatory chamber and a final verdict is yet to be made.