David Beckham’s Inter Miami “broke fiscal rules” to sign France’s World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi

David Beckham's Inter Miami

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DAVID Beckham’s Inter Miami violated MLS budget rules to sign World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, an investigation has confirmed.
The 34-year-old Frenchman signed for the US side in August, but it was not confirmed that he was one of three allocated high-priced players that the league allows each club and has instead been classified as a player “target allocation money” (TAM).


Matuidi has been confirmed as designated player for the 2021 seasonCredit: AP

Matias Pellegrini, Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain were the three high-priced ‘nominated’ players of the 2020 Inter Miami squad, meaning Beckham’s squad had to think creatively in order to get Matuidi on board. .

They did so by buying Pellegrini out of his contract in order to get back into compliance with the rules.

And the league said Pellegrini was on loan at Fort Lauderdale – Miami’s branch in the third division of United Soccer League League One.

“Matuidi’s pay was above the pay limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a designated player,” MLS said in a statement.

“As a result, Inter Miami violated the nominated player limit as the team had three nominated players in addition to Matuidi in 2020.”

MLS said on Friday that the final results of an investigation they are conducting – including the potential for sanctions – will be announced in the near future.

The salaries of designated players do not contribute to the MLS salary cap.

Matuidi has now been selected as the designated player for the 2021 season following the buyout of Pellegrini’s contract and the subsequent loan deal at Fort Lauderdale.

Beckham is co-owner of Miami and president of the club’s “football operations”.

The team finished 10th out of 14 Eastern Conference teams last season with seven wins, 13 losses and three draws.

They then lost 3-0 to Nashville in the first round of the play-offs.

Former England women’s national team coach Phil Neville has taken over the management of the club for the start of the 2021 campaign.

Miami kicks off its second MLS season on Sunday by hosting former Beckham team LA Galaxy.

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