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Major League Soccer (MLS) has said that Inter Miami’s signing with France midfielder Blaise Matuidi last year was not in compliance with the rules of their squad and budget and the Tribes may face sanctions.
The team co-owned by David Beckham recruited Matuidi on a free transfer after he left Italian champions Juventus in August. The federation said last month they would conduct an official review of the settlement. pros.
“The federation has concluded that Inter Miami is not complying with the Squad and Budget Rules for 2020,” said the MLS in a statement https://www.mlssoccer.com/news/inter-miami-cf -exercise-offseason-buyout -on-matias-pellegrini on Friday.
It says Matuidi is classified as a Target Allocation (TAM) player but his salary is above the limit for TAM players, so he should have been classified as a Designated Player. Teams can have up to three such players.
“Consequently, Inter Miami was in violation of the Designated Player Restrictions because the team had three designated players outside of Matuidi in 2020.”
The MLS said it is completing an investigation and will release the results and sanctions soon. Inter said when the investigation begins that they will be fully involved in the process.
Matuidi, 34, has won three league titles at Juve after joining them in 2017 from Paris St-Germain, where he has made more than 200 appearances and has won four league titles. He won the World Cup with France in 2018 in Russia.
Inter Miami said privately that it had used a one-season off-season deal for Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini’s MLS contract ahead of the deadline for compliance with the list.
Pellegrini, who was previously listed as a Designated Inter Miami Player, has joined the club’s USL League One branch Fort Lauderdale on loan and will not be eligible to play on the MLS list. year 2021.
The three designated Inter Miami players for the 2021 season are Gonzalo Higuain, Matuidi and Rodolfo Pizarro.
“We have been working with Matias, his representatives and the MLS to reach an agreement, and at this point we believe this is the best option for all parties,” said Inter Miami Director. Sporting Chris Henderson said in a statement at https: // www. intermiamicf.com/en/post/2021/04/16/inter-miami-cf-exercises-offseason-buyout-mat-pellegrini.
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