MLS have levied fines on Inter Miami, after they deemed the club to have violated roster rules. Breaking roster guidelines in many of their signings saw Inter Miami fined for a record $2 million in total.
The club’s punishment by MLS stems from violations surrounding several signings, notably the one to bring Blaise Matuidi to MLS.
Inter Miami’s signings of Blaise Matuidi and Andres Reyes have violated MLS regulations. How, you may ask?
These two footballers were not characterized as Designated Players, even though, as per MLS roster rules, they should have been.
As a result, the club was over the maximum threshold of three DPs. After all, Gonzalo Higuain, Rodolfo Pizarro and Matias Pellegrini are already occupying the three Designated Players’ slots.
Furthermore, owner David Beckham’s club also underreported the salaries for Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nicolas Figal, and Julian Carranza.
This, and the above-mentioned signings, have put the club in hot water with the league.
However, MLS have reassured that none of Inter Miami’s players were subjects under the investigation.
They clarified that none of these players committed violations themselves, nor were any of them aware of the club’s violations.
The Finer Details of the Fine
MLS’s decision to fine Inter Miami comes weeks after they announced they would be investigating the club’s 2020 roster compliance.
The outcome of that investigation is a historic fine for the second-year club. MLS have made history when it comes to financial sanctions, with Inter Miami fined for a record $2 million.
Additionally, MLS have handed a $250,000 fine to Managing Owner Jorge Mas.
“Inter Miami CF acknowledges that the Club violated Major League Soccer’s roster rules in our first season,” Mas said.
Read his detailed response in a statement here.
The league also imposed a $2,271,250 reduction for Inter Miami in allocation dollars for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Finally, MLS have ensured to suspend Paul McDonough, Inter Miami’s COO and Sporting Director last season. His suspension will last through to the end of the 2022 MLS season.
McDonough had since joined on as vice president of soccer operations at Atlanta United. However, they announced, shortly after the MLS made their punishment public, that the two sides had parted ways.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber commented on the announcement of the punishments: “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.”
“Our rules will not be compromised,” Garber emphasized. “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.”
Amidst all this, MLS determined that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the other Inter Miami owners.
Marcelo Claure, Masayoshi Son, Jose Mas, and David Beckham are in the clear because they have not violated MLS rules.