ZURICH (AP) — Manchester City has been fined for improperly signing young soccer players but avoided a ban on transfers.
FIFA said Tuesday the fact that the English champion “accepted its responsibility” for breaking transfer rules was a factor in the choice to fine it 370,000 Swiss francs ($380,000).
FIFA says City broke rules on transfers for players aged under 18. FIFA 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. No players were named.
“The Club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question,” City said in a statement. “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.”
In February, FIFA handed Chelsea a ban on signing players for the next two transfer windows after finding the club had broken the same kind…