Inter Miami, the club co-owned by David Beckham, have been fined a record US $ 2million by Major League Soccer for violation of the salary budget following an investigation into the signing of the last year of former French international midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
The 2018 World Cup winner, who joined Inter Miami after a three-season stint in Italy with Juventus, and Andres Reyes should have occupied designated player spots, MLS said when announcing its verdict on Friday.
Inter Miami have also been punished for making undisclosed deals that resulted in the underreporting of the salaries of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nicolas Figal and Julian Carranza.
Owner-manager Jorge Mas was fined US $ 250,000 while Paul McDonough, the club’s COO and sporting director at the time, was suspended until the end of the 2022 season. the MLS.
In addition, Inter Miami’s dollar allowance was reduced by US $ 2,271,250 for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, while the league found that none of the club’s owners or players were guilty of ‘wrongdoing.
MLS stressed that the players’ contracts remain in effect and would not be affected.
“The integrity of our rules is sacrosanct, and it is a fundamental tenet of our league that our clubs are responsible for complying with all league rules,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
“Our rules will not be compromised. These sanctions reflect the seriousness of Inter Miami’s violations, are expected to encourage full cooperation from all parties in future investigations, and will deter clubs from violating the roster rules. “
While Mas was among those cleared, he was fined after MLS ruled he was responsible for ensuring the club had sufficient controls to comply with league rules.
“We have worked closely with MLS to resolve these issues and have made significant changes to our management structure,” Mas said in a statement.
“Inter Miami is an ambitious club with great aspirations. We believe that our fan base, our market and our ownership group propel us to be one of the most followed futbol teams in North America in the world.
“We are committed to supporting our team and building a team of which we are proud. “
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