Manchester City will be banned from signing new players for two transfer windows after breaching rules related to the signing of young players, according to reports.
MpNaija reports City are already being investigated by the Football Association and Premier League for allegations related to youth transfers and financial fair play rules.
A transfer ban for the Premier League champions would come less than a month after Chelsea were hit with the same sanction for 29 breaches of article 19 of FIFA’s regulations on the transfer and status of players.
According to The Sun, FIFA believes Cityhave crossed the line, though, in regards to their relationship with FC Nordsjaell and and the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana.
Last year, two players from the academy, Sierra Leone’s George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.
Both have since left City – Davies now plays in Latvia and Oduro in the United States – but FIFA has been investigating their time with the English club.
If true, that would be a breach of the rules preventing the third-party ownership of players, as City could be argued to have undue influence over another club’s players.
As well as Chelsea, Spanish trio Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid haveall been punished for signing under-age players from abroad in the past.