David Beckham’s Inter Miami has been handed a record fine due to the transfer of Blaise Matuidi and his payments during the 2020 season.
The MLS, in a statement, announced a record $2-million fine for the club with further punishment coming for having undisclosed agreements that led to the underreporting of wages for Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nicolas Figal, and Julian Carranza.
After having Gonzalo Higuaín, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Matías Pellegrini as franchise players, the club added World Cup champion Blaise Matuidi, which raised suspicions.
Beckham’s partner on the ownership side, Jorge Mas, was fined US$250,000 with former club chief, Paul McDonough suspended for the remainder of the 2021 and 2022 MLS seasons.
The move means that Inter Miami will see a reduction in its allocation money by US$2,271,250 for the 2022 and 2023 MLS seasons. During its investigation, the league found that none of the South Florida-based club’s owners or players were guilty of wrongdoing.
MLS announces Inter Miami sanctions for a slew of rule violations:— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) May 28, 2021
■ Club fined $2 million
■ Jorge Mas fined $250k
■ Paul McDonough suspended thru 2022 season
■ Matuidi and Reyes should've been DPs
■ Budget hits underreported for Figal, LGP, Carranzahttps://t.co/MSjYtCRAU6