David Beckham's Inter Miami broke the league’s budget rules by paying Blaise Matuidi above the compensation limit for a non-designated player.
Major League Soccer confirmed that Miami violated the rules as he was paid above the compensation limit despite the club having noted that the Frenchman was signed with Targeted Allocation Money.
With the sanctions of such a move expected to be announced later, MLS highlighted that the club had four designated players last season, above the maximum limit of three; the club having the duo of Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain too as the high-priced designated players last year.
“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 violated the designated player limit as the team had three designated players in addition to Matuidi during 2020,” MLS said in a statement.
Miami made their debut as an expansion franchise in MLS last term, when they finished tenth, and it was announced that Matias Pellegrini was their young designated player.
The team now managed by former Manchester United and Everton utility man Phill Neville begins their season on Sunday with a tie against LA Galaxy.