Beckham’s Inter Miami guilty of breaking financial rules to buy World Cup winner

David Beckham’s Inter Miami could face sanctions after a Major League Soccer investigation concluded they violated budget rules to sign France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.

Matuidi joined the MLS outfit from Juventus back in August of last year, but upon arrival he was not confirmed to be one of the three Designated Players on their roster due to the size of his salary.

Instead, Miami listed the midfielder as a Targeted Allocation Money player, which allowed them to use their three Designated Player slots for Gonzalo Higuain, Rodolfo Pizarro and Matias Pellegrini.

The Designated Player Rule allows certain players’ wages to not count towards the MLS salary cap.

It was first introduced to facilitate Beckham’s move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy in 2007.

An MLS statement said: “The league has concluded that Inter Miami was not in compliance with the roster and budget rules during 2020.

“In 2020, Matuidi was categorized as a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) player.

“Matuidi’s compensation was above the compensation limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a Designated Player.

“As a result, Inter Miami CF violated the Designated Player Limit as the team had three Designated Players in addition to Matuidi during 2020.”

The MLS says it will be finalising its investigation before making a full announcement on any potential sanctions.

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  • Following the ruling, Miami have completed a buyout of Pellegrini’s contract and sent him out on loan to their USL affiliate Fort Lauderdale for the season.

    The 21-year-old will therefore not be eligible to play for Phil Neville’s side during the 2021 season.

    “We’ve been working with Matias, his representatives and MLS to reach an agreement,” Inter Miami sporting director Chris Henderson said.

    “And at this time we believe this is the best option for all parties.”

    Beckham is Miami’s co-owner and president of ‘soccer operations’.

    The team finished 10th out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference last season, but they will be hoping for better fortunes under new boss Neville this term.

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