David Beckham’s Inter Miami have been found guilty of breaking Major League Soccer budget rules with the signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
The former World Cup winner joined the club on August 13 from Juventus from Serie A, with Miami saying he used a targeted allowance for the signing.
Under the MLS team rules announced by the league on March 1 of last year, each team is entitled to two designated players whose salary exceeds the league’s salary cap, plus a third if there was. a payout of $ 150,000 to the league split among the other teams.
At the time, the 33-year-old was not advertised as a Designated Player, but was instead billed as being signed with a targeted allowance (a TAM deal).
However, an MLS investigation has since discovered that Matuidi was paid over the limit for a TAM player, $ 1.6125 million in 2020, and therefore should have been classified as a designated player.
Inter Miami already have their full quota of designated players – Matias Pellegrini (signed from Argentinas Estudiantes in July 2019), Rodolfo Pizarro from Monterrey (signed on February 17, 2020) and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain who has also joined Juventus. September 18. 2020.
As a result, the club violated the nominated player limit as the team already has three nominated players besides Matuidi in 2020.
The team have since bought out the contract from Argentina midfielder Pellegrini to get back into line with the loaned player Fort Lauderdale, the Miami reserve in the third division of United Soccer League League One.
Former England captain and Manchester United star Beckham is co-owner and chairman of Miami football operations.The team finished 10th out of 14 Eastern Conference teams last season, losing to Nashville 3-0 in the first tower of the dams.
MLS said the final results of the investigation, including penalties, would be announced in due course.