Manchester City could be handed a one-year transfer ban from FIFA over the signing of eight under-18 players from foreign countries, The Times reports citing recent leaks.
City are alleged to have breached Premier League and FIFA rules by paying six-figure sums to the families of youth players, including former Belgian youngster Mathias Bossaerts who left in 2016 and now plays for NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
According to information from Denmark’s Politiken, Bossaerts’ family was paid £100,000 with a further £30,000 per year for the following three years plus £27,000 annually for accommodation costs.
Documents now said to in the hands of the European Investigative Collaborations show City were also willing to pay £10,000 relocation costs to the family of a youngster who was still playing under-8s football.
If City are proven to have these breached rules, which Chelsea are also under investigation for doing, they could be banned from registering new players for a one-year span.
City’s response to all recent allegations has been to point to a single statement where they claim “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.”