Transfer bridges: Man City escape ban, pay fine

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after being fined £315,000 by FIFA for breaches relating to international transfers and registration of players under the age of 18.

Chelsea were handed a one-year transfer ban and fined more than £460,000 in February after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA.

FIFA officials have yet to clarify why City were fined for breaching the same article as Chelsea, who were banned.

Sky Sports News understands both cases were complex and treated separately by the world football’s governing body, with City’s admission of responsibility a factor in their punishment.

Chelsea challenged their sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

City said the breaches arose after a “misinterpretation of the regulations in question”, adding in a statement that they have been fully compliant since December 2016.  

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