Major League side Inter Miami has been hit with sanctions, including a $2m (£1.41m) fine over the signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
Miami broke the league’s budget rules by paying Matuidi above the compensation limit for a non-designated player. And now following MLS investigation into last over the signing David Beckham and other co-owners were cleared of any wrongdoing by the league, but managing owner Jorge Mas was fined 250,000 dollars (£176,000) since he had an obligation to ensure rules were followed.
Matuidi, who played for the 2018 World Cup winners, came to Miami from Juventus in August. The team said it used targeted allocation money to sign him. The league's investigation, launched in March, determined Matuidi should have been a designated player.
"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,'' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement Friday.
"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.''
Matuidi, Higuain, and Pizarro are the team's three current designated players.