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Manchester City were fined £315,000 by FIFA for breaching the organisation’s rules on signing under-18s.
However, Chelsea were fined £460,000 and banned from making signings for a year for their own transfer breaches.
The Blues have taken the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are said to be monitoring City’s case with interest.
Both clubs breached the same article of FIFA’s guidelines but the governing body revealed City’s admission of responsibility was a determining factor in their ruling.
FIFA officials have noted that the circumstances between the cases were different, with a spokesperson telling Sky Sports: “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.”
In regards to the decision, FIFA’s disciplinary code states the following: “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.”
City blamed their misconduct on “a misinterpretation of the regulations in question”.
The Premier League champions released the following statement in response to the fine: “Manchester City FC can confirm that it has today received a reprimand and a CHF 370,000 fine following the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concerning the international transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games.
“The Club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question.
“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 regards highly and shares FIFA’s determination to ensure the protection of minors in football and has cooperated fully with the investigation which has been transparent and evidenced based at all times.”
Both Chelsea and City were found to have breached article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
This states that international transfers are only allowed if the player is over 18, unless the player’s parents move to the buying club’s country for non-footballing reasons, the transfer is within EU or European Economic Area and player is between 16 and 18 or they live in another country within 100km of the club.
A FIFA statement added: “The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
City are still being investigated by FIFA and UEFA over potential financial fair play violations.