After breaching regulations around the transfer and registration of Under-18 players, Manchester City were fined around £314,000 and avoided a transfer ban.
Many expected City to be banned from making signings for at least one window, especially after Chelsea were handed a two-window ban for committing the same offense.
However, one major difference between the clubs is that the West London club denied any wrongdoing despite FIFA finding breaches in 29 cases out of 92 investigated while City fronted up about what they had done.
Part of the FIFA statement appeared to clear the air on why City were not banned, "Please note that in line with article 50 (8) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2019 version), 'at any time prior to the meeting set up to decide the case by the relevant judicial body, a party may accept responsibility and request the FIFA judicial bodies to impose a specific sanction. The FIFA judicial bodies may decide on the basis of such request or render a decision which it considers appropriate in the context of this Code.'
"Furthermore, according to article 24 (3) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, 'when determining the disciplinary measure, the judicial body shall take into account all relevant factors of the case, including any assistance of and substantial cooperation by the offender in uncovering or establishing a breach of any FIFA rule, the circumstances and the degree of the offender’s guilt and any other relevant circumstances.'
"Lastly, Manchester City has accepted its responsibility, which has been considered by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in its decision."