Announced on March 1 last year, MLS ruled that each team is allowed two high-priced designated players, whose wages exceed the league's salary cap. A third player will be allowed if the club pays a $150,000 fee to the league split among the other sides.
Back in March, Major League Soccer (MLS) confirmed the ongoing investigation over the signing of Blaise Matuidi, who joined the American club from Juventus with a possible breach of the governing body’s rule. In the final report issued by MLS, the signings of Blaise Matuidi and Andres Reyes, and underreporting salaries of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nicolas Figal, and Julian Carranza, were the reasons that Inter Miami was fined $2m.
While a $250,000 fine has been handed to Managing Owner Jorge Mas, MLS determined that there was no wrongdoing on the part of Inter Miami owners Marcelo Claure, Masayoshi Son, Jose Mas, and David Beckham.
In addition to the $2m fine, the league imposed a $2,271,250 reduction in allocation dollars for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
“The integrity of our rules is sacrosanct, and it is a fundamental principle of our league that our clubs are responsible for adhering to all league regulations,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
“Our rules will not be compromised. These sanctions reflect the severity of Inter Miami’s violations, should encourage complete cooperation by all parties in future investigations, and will serve as a deterrent for clubs from violating roster rules.”
Jorge Mas responded in a statement: "Inter Miami CF acknowledges that the Club violated Major League Soccer’s roster rules in our first season.
"We have worked closely with MLS to address these issues and have made significant changes in our management structure. Following our inaugural season, we took a deep look at our soccer operations leadership group and made decisions that not only strengthened our internal roster compliance measures, but also better positioned us to build a sustainable, long-term competition strategy with the hiring of Chris Henderson as Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director in 2021.
"Inter Miami is an ambitious Club with big aspirations. We believe our fanbase, market, and ownership group propel us to be one of North America’s most-followed fútbol teams in the world. We are committed to supporting our team and building a roster we are proud of."
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