- Dec 3, 2018
- Manchester City
Genuinely I can see your point on the punishment. A small fine is obviously irrelevant to City and any PL club, obviously. But there has to be some degree of matching the size of punishment to the size of offence, and I think all City fans have been trying to say is that City's offence in terms of scale was very different to Chelsea's.The point of being punished for breaking the rules is not only to deter you from repeating that offence but to deter others from committing the same offence. Giving City a slap on the wrist as it was only their first offence simply encourages other clubs to break the same rule, confident of receiving similarly light punishment.
Whichever way you look at it, FIFA have set a dangerous precedent for themselves. What's to stop a multitude of other clubs going out to sign under-18 players safe in the knowledge that their punishment, if caught, will be meaningless?
In terms of future punishments, City's statement says that FIFA's regulations were updated in Dec 2016 (City's offences occurred before then), so maybe it'll be easier for FIFA to punish clubs more heavily if they now breach the updated regulations (no-one can plead ignorance or confusion of the regulations).