Manchester City again face the prospect of a transfer ban if found guilty of breaching FIFA rules that protect exploitation of minors, after two former African trainees revealed that they played for the club before turning 18.
According to the Telegraph, Dominic Oduro and George Davies, two African youngsters formerly on the books at City, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they played for Manchester City prior to turning 18, which could be seen as a breach of FIFA rules placing restrictions on teams taking child footballers from their home countries.
City, who are soon to learn the outcome of Velez Sarsfield’s complaint they they broke rules over the signing of Argentine youngster Benjamin Garré, could potentially face a transfer ban if FIFA’s examination of this new evidence leads to wrongdoing being proven.
Spanish giants Barcelona are an example of a club banned from registering new players after they were found to have broken rules related to youngsters, while Chelsea are also subject to an ongoing investigation that could also see them in hot water.
Were either City or Chelsea to be found guilty, they would undoubtedly appeal, which would postpone any transfer ban and allow them to splash out on signings prior to their ban, similar to what Barcelona did.
According to the Telegraph, City declined to comment when asked to comment on a third investigation into their conduct over youth signings in the past 18 months.
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