FIFA is reportedly investigating the transfer of Malta Under-19 international Myles Beerman from Floriana. Although the player formally joined Manchester City from Floriana in 2014, Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the FIFA disciplinary committee are looking into the transfer as it is alleged that Beerman actually joined City from Floriana FC when he was just 13, which is under the legal transfer age.
FIFA are said to have asked Floriana and the Malta Football Association to source documentation related to Beerman during the period of 2012 to 2014.
“Should insufficient evidence be provided, Manchester City will be in violation of Article 19 of FIFA’s rules on the transfer of players. The Maltese federation will also face potential sanctions as a result, probably in the form of fines.”
“City, however, risk much more, as they could face the same fate Barcelona did when they violated the same rules,” claims La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Barcelona received a transfer embargo in 2014 after being found guilty of signing minors and were banned from making any signings for two whole windows. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are facing similar sanctions, which are currently under appeal.
Myles Beerman, who is now seventeen years old, is a member of the Manchester City Under-18 team. Manchester City won the Barclays Under-18 Premier League this season with Beerman being named in the starting line-up for their last game against Fulham last week which they won 5-0.