Manchester City banned from signing academy players

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Liverpool has company.

Manchester City has been given a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs following at least two breaches of etiquette.

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There’s also a fine of approximately $390,000, three times what Liverpool paid as City is guilty of more than one offense.

The second year of the ban is suspended for three years, so Man City can essentially get early release for good behavior.

It’s a blow for City, who has signed players like Aleix Garcia (above, from Villarreal) and Pablo Maffeo (Espanyol) from other academies.