English club, Manchester City will be banned from making transfers for the next two transfer windows by FIFA. The Citizen will join their counterparts, Chelsea in being prevented from making transfers for breaking FIFA’s rules concerning protection of youth players and third party ownership. However, City is also being investigated by Europe’s governing body, UEFA for similar allegations as well as breaching the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. If they are found guilty, the Manchester based club will also be banned from the Champions League.
FIFA has been investigating Manchester City for a while now as regards signing of players against article 29 of the football governing body’s regulations. According to reports in UK paper, The Sun, FIFA is convinced that City crossed the line in their relationship with Danish club, FC Nordsjaelland and the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana. Incidentally, both Nordsjaelland and Right To Dream are headed by the same man, Tom Vernon.
If FIFA’s concerns are confirmed, then City would be guilty of having undue influence over players belonging to other clubs and therefore breaching the rules preventing third-party ownership of players.
Although both City and FIFA are yet to give official statements on this issue, the investigation by UEFA is well on the way and could end up hurting City’s permission to feature in the next UCL competition. Even if Guardiola’s team wins the current UCL – they are already in the quater-finals, a guilty verdict will ensure that they are not allowed to play in the next Champions League.
Do you think Manchester City will be found guilty? And if they are found guilty, will they be able to appeal and have the sanction frozen like Chelsea have done? Lets watch and see.