Man City avoids transfer ban for improperly signing young players

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

The FIFA Discplinary Committee brought forward its decision on Tuesday, sanctioning City for breaches related to global transfers and registration of players under 18.

The disciplinary committee took into account the fact that City accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with the £315,000 fine.

"Manchester City were found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations on the status and transfer of players".

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.

Chelsea were sanctioned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in February for breaching rules in relation to 29 youth players, and were fined £460,000 in addition to their transfer ban.

Manchester City had also vehemently denied reports that the club was facing a ban from the Champions League as the result of the investigation.

The English champions have instead being handed a fine of 370,000 Swiss Francs, which is equivalent to £314,670.

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.

City have released a statement in which they claim they breached the rules after a "misinterpretation of the regulations in question".

The club are now being investigated by Uefa for alleged financial fair play violations.

Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban and were "astonished" when FIFA's Appeals Committee refused to suspend the sanction when the Blues appealed against the punishment. It brought in the rules to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.

Man City spent more than £150million in the transfer market this summer, and even broke their club-record transfer fee.

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