Man City hit with Academy transfer ban

Friday 5 May 2017  13 Comments  [Jump to last]

Manchester City have been hit with an Academy transfer ban after being found guilty of tapping up an 11-year-old signed from Everton last year.

City have become the second club to be fined and hit with a ban, after Liverpool received similar punishment last month.

They were found guilty of illegally approaching two youth players, including the 11-year-old midfielder who joined their Academy from Everton last year. The other player was a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolves.

City were given the same length suspension as Liverpool, a two-year transfer embargo on Academy players registered with a rival Premier League or EFL side in the preceding 18 months – with the second year suspended for three years. They were also fined £300,000.

That's £200,000 more than Liverpool, who were last month found guilty of tapping up one schoolboy footballer and offering prohibited inducements to him and his family.

 

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Steve Cotton
1 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:59:15
First I have heard of LFC doing the same. Their PR men must work overtime..
Oscar Huglin
2 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:18:27
Steve, was all over the news at the time.
Jeff Armstrong
3 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:21:27
Steve, it was all over the press 3 weeks ago!

That RS media eh, covering stuff up now, well.. if it's not on Newsnight it must be the PR men in overdrive, cos I didn't see it!!

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:25:04
It was all over the papers, Steve. I think we might as well just scrap the the transfer market and let it be a free-for-all.

The transfer windows are a joke as everyone is tapping each other up quite blatantly and openly. Managers admit to talking to players under contract. Players admit to tapping up fellow pros. Agents are whoring their clients around hours after signing a contract etc .

If FIFA/UEFA don't want to crack down on this, let teams buy and sell openly. Fuck FFP, let it be an open market where players can be sold as many times as they, the clubs and agents deem fit.

It's a sick joke as it is so let's just cut the crap and have an open market where you can buy and sell on a daily basis 24/7, 365 days a year.

Fran Mitchell
5 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:22:12
Personally, I think we should Just scrap transfers all together. Free movement, with a maximum number of squad players to be used. And an U23 team also with a maximum number of players, and a competitive, televised U23 league. Scrap the loan system completely.

So, if a player wants to move, he can, but clubs can't hoard and small clubs aren't limited by the transfer fees.

If a player makes a move and later regrets, he can easily leave. And clubs can easily replace.

Brian Wilkinson
6 Posted 06/05/2017 at 01:01:12
If we scrapped transfers, the elite would get the best players, the also-rans would get sloppy seconds, the lower league clubs would go into meltdown.

The top teams would get rid of those not doing it and then simply sign any that are challenging them in the league.

Bayern Munich have been doing it for years, as soon as a team challenges them, they sign their best player and weaken the challenge.

Gavin Johnson
7 Posted 06/05/2017 at 01:22:52
I read that the kid the RS tried to poach from Stoke recently had a trial with us. I think the article documented the ruling stated that while the RS had been fined the kid was free to move to another club other than them.

This is football, like it, or not.

Brian Murphy
9 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:20:53
I think I speak for most when I say, ha, ha ha, ha, ha ha
Daniel Lim
10 Posted 06/05/2017 at 12:49:45
So what happened to the 11-year-old? They can keep him?
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 06/05/2017 at 12:55:41
I know nothing about the 11-year-old.

But it sounds like the RS kid is the biggest loser. Struggling to get a club now and had a trial with us, but his development was derailed and his missed a bit.

As for the 11-year-old, how can they really tell and surely the kids development and happiness is more important than the pressure he'll now be under.

Peter Morris
12 Posted 06/05/2017 at 14:47:21
Money corrupts. A club that once was steeped in its local roots has now acquired the same distasteful, arrogant mantra that envelopes Chelsea and Manchester United. They simply think that they can do just what they want, and financial penalties are totally ineffective for obvious reasons, and as for the transfer ban, so what?

The only way to deal with this sort of behaviour is to deduct points from the Premier League team. That's why the Middle Eastern owners came in in the first place, to win (buy) the Premier League and then the Champions League, so kick them there, where it does hurt. Look at their Ladies team, which didn't even exist a decade ago. They have simply gone out and vacuumed up all of the best talent.

Points deduction is the ONLY sanction that will work against abuse of financial power and player cheating for that matter in the modern game. There is just too much money about for financial sanctions to have any effect.

Dan Egerton
13 Posted 06/05/2017 at 15:52:25
The Red Echo even reported Liverpool's ban a few weeks ago.
Peter Lee
14 Posted 06/05/2017 at 17:28:02
Detailed timeline in the Daily Telegraph last week of the Reds' transgression. Boy's father doesn't come out of it well.

Whilst at work, I had a few requests from clubs and parents to allow boys to spend two days a week out of school during Year 11, training with the club. In my judgement, having seen the boys play, none were exceptional and a career was unlikely. Parents didn't want to hear it often and they were sometimes more star-struck than the lads.

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