Media: Manchester City face two-window transfer ban on breach of signings of minors

15 March 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Manchester City is set to be handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA starting this summer for breaching rules of signing youth players and third-party ownership.

Manchester City will be prevented from signing players in the next two transfer windows due to breaching rules of signing youth players and third-party ownership, the Daily Mail reports.

The club is already being investigated by the English FA, the Premier League and UEFA for breaching rules of financial fair play.

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Manchester City is set to be handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA starting this summer for breaching rules of signing youth players and third-party ownership, the Daily Mail reports.

The decision comes less than a month after City’s rivals Chelsea were also handed a two-window transfer ban and a £460,000 fine by FIFA for breaching rules of signing foreign under 18-players. Chelsea has appealed the verdict.

According to The Sun, FIFA are looking into Manchester City’s funding of the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana.

In an interview with Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last year, two players said they had been signed by City before their 18-year birthday and even played in youth matches for the club.

City were also said to have made a deal with the Right to Dream Academy’s owner Tom Vernon, who also owns Danish side FC Nordsjaelland, on first refusal of players from the academy, Danish newspaper Politiken reported.

Financial fair play investigations

City is already involved in investigations by the English FA and the Premier League into the club’s signings of youth players and alleged breaches of the financial fair play rules, which is also being investigated by UEFA.

Last week, the club denied the accusations of breaching the financial fair play rules, calling them “entirely false” and describing it as speculation as a result of illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails.

FIFA has been investigating the Manchester club’s signings of international players for years, though the club was previously cleared of breaking the rules when signing Argentine Benjamin Garre in 2016 just after the player’s 16-year-old birthday according to the Daily Mail.