Manchester City 'to be hit by two-window ban in coming days'

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

Manchester City will reportedly be banned from making signings in the next two transfer windows by Federation Internationale de Football Association for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership.

The move would follow the recent ban placed upon Chelsea by Federation Internationale de Football Association for improper transfer dealings.

A transfer ban for the Premier League champions would come less than a month after Chelsea were hit with the same sanction for 29 breaches of FIFA's regulations on the transfer and status of players.

City are now under investigation by the Football Association and Premier League for possible infractions in financial fair play and youth transfers. That investigation could result in City being banned from the Champions League.

The ban apparently stems from the club's relationship with FC Nordsjaelland and Ghana's Right to Dream football factory.

According to Fox Sports, the guidelines state that: "There are only three ways that global transfers for players under 18 can go through - if the players' guardians move to the country for non-footballing reasons, if the family and the club are based close to the relevant national border or if the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area while the player is at least 16 years old".

City signed George Davies and Dominic Oduro and played the pair in youth matches before they were 18.

Reports claimed that City had a secret deal with Vernon that the club will have first refusal over both prospects.

If true, that would be a breach of the rules preventing third-party ownership, as City could be argued to have undue influence over another club's players.

Attempts to get Manchester City's reaction proved abortive as they were not ready to speak on the issue. "Hopefully they can solve it as soon as possible".

As well as Chelsea, Spanish trio Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been punished for signing under-age players from overseas in the past.

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