Premier League Champions, Man City have just escaped joining Chelsea on the transfer ban list despite pleading guilty.
Man City admitted to have indulged in acts punishable by the FIFA laws relating to under-18 players and was expected to be ban from operating the transfer window for sometime.
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The Citizens just got lucky as FIFA decided to instead fine them rather than freeze their transfer activities.
For breaching the article 19, among the rest, Man City are to pay the sum of £314,650 to FIFA for breaching the international regulations relating to under-18 players. The Citizens just got lucky cause similar cases leaves teams on transfer ban.
Same case that got Chelsea into the hot soup they are trying to come out of, as they were banned and weren’t allowed to participate in the just concluded transfer window.
Below is a FIFA statement mentioning the fine on Man City.
“The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of Swiss francs 370,000.”
Man City were pardoned cause they accepted to have broken the rules. FIFA disclosed this in an interview with MIRROR.
“Generally speaking, FIFA’s judicial bodies handle all cases on an individual basis as circumstances differ from case to case,” said FIFA spokesman.
“In its decision on Manchester City , FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee took into consideration all specific circumstances of the case as well as the club’s cooperation in clarifying the relevant facts.
“It is important to stress that the specific circumstances of this case differ from previous cases involving breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
“Please note that in line with article 50 (8) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2019 version), ‘at any time prior to the meeting set up to decide the case by the relevant judicial body, a party may accept responsibility and request the FIFA judicial bodies to impose a specific sanction. The FIFA judicial bodies may decide on the basis of such request or render a decision which it considers appropriate in the context of this Code.’
“Furthermore, according to article 24 (3) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, ‘when determining the disciplinary measure, the judicial body shall take into account all relevant factors of the case, including any assistance of and substantial cooperation by the offender in uncovering or establishing a breach of any FIFA rule, the circumstances and the degree of the offender’s guilt and any other relevant circumstances.’
“Lastly, as you can see here , Manchester City has accepted its responsibility, which has been considered by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in its decision.”