Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester City 'facing transfer ban' amid protection of young player allegations

Manchester City 'facing transfer ban' amid protection of young player allegations

Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City have a strong enough squad to cope if the club are hit with a transfer ban.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told The Times that the breaches alleged to have been committed by City were very similar to those that led to Chelsea being sanctioned, and that it looks certain that the same two-window transfer ban is imposed.

There are only three ways that worldwide transfers for players under 18 can go through - if the players' guardians move to the country for non-footballing reasons, if the family and the club are based close to the relevant national border or if the transfer takes place within the European Economic Area while the player is at least 16 years old.

Last year, two players from the academy, Sierra Leone's George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish media they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.

"The Investigatory Chamber of the independent UEFA Club Financial Control Body has today opened a formal investigation into Manchester City FC for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations".

It was claimed that City topped up multi-million-pound sponsorship deals with Abu Dhabi companies in order to circumvent rules around how much money owner Sheikh Mansour could put into the club.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has refused to comment on the status of any investigation.

City were drawn against Premier League rivals Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday and Guardiola knows his side will have to be at their best to control their potent attacking threat.

"I understand your job but I answered five, six or seven questions last week". "I was clear in my opinion, the club have made their statement, so I don't have any comments". "It's good, it's good, the squad is good, really good".

"I am concerned about what I have to do, I can not speak every day about this".

Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport - an avenue Chelsea and now perhaps City will also explore.

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