Manchester City escapes transfer lock after obligation of minors
The English champions Manchester City has been fined by the World Football Association Fifa for violations of international transfers and the registration of underage players to a fine. As the Fifa Disciplinary Commission announced, the Citizens have to pay a fine of 370,000 francs (about 340,000 euros). The team manager Pep Guardiola's team missed a transfer ban.
Exact allegations remain in the dark
Fifa said in its statement that Manchester City "accepted its responsibility" and that it took that fact into account. The exact allegations against City and how many player transfers it should have been, was not known. Basically, the Fifa prohibits the obligation of players under 18 years. Exception: the parents of the affected person move to another country for reasons that have nothing to do with football.
DER SPIEGEL had reported irregularities in the transfer of Jadon Sancho from Watford to Manchester City in 2015. Meanwhile Sancho plays at Borussia Dortmund.
Uefa investigates because of financial fair play
Premier League rival Chelsea had been imposed a one-year transfer ban in a similar case.
City threatens however still the punishment by the Uefa because of violation against the Financial Fairplay (FFP). DER SPIEGEL had reported in March on possible breaches of sponsorship agreements by the owners from Abu Dhabi.