Manchester City sanctioned for signing minors

Manchester City

Manchester City

Manchester City have been fined for improperly signing young football players but avoided a ban on transfers.

The Premier League giants have instead been fined £315,000 for breaking the rules.

Both players told Danish media that they were signed and had played for the club's youth teams before turning 18, which is against FIFA's legislation. Federation Internationale de Football Association didn't specify exactly what the club had done wrong and how many players were involved, but City said the breaches involved players who were taken on trial or played in friendly games.

Chelsea were banned from signing players for two transfer windows for a similar rule breach - but the club are appealing to have that overturned.

City's offences relate to the transfers and registrations of players under the age of 18, which break FIFA's overall regulatory framework.

The club said in a statement that the fine concerned "the global transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games".

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"All of the breaches occurred before December 2016 when guidance on the interpretation of the provisions was issued, since which date Manchester City has been fully compliant".

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

The Premier League champions were facing a ban from making signings, a punishment meted out to Chelsea - for two transfer windows - earlier this year.

The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons. The club have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against UEFA's investigation and club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has said the club will "unquestionably prevail".

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

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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