Manchester City fined & banned from signing young players

Manchester City fined & banned from signing young players

Manchester City have been fined £300,000 and banned from signing academy players for two years after being found guilty of tapping up two young footballers.

City now cannot sign youngsters aged between 10 and 18 who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the past 18 months. The second year of the ban is suspended for three years.

City have been hit with the sanction around a month after Liverpool were fined £200,000 and banned from signing youngsters for two years. It was ruled the Reds had broken Premier League rules by offering inducements to the family of an 11-year-old Stoke City player.

There is no suggestion City acted likewise, though it has been found the club “contravened League rules” in the process of signing an 11-year-old midfielder signed from Everton and a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolves.

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