David Beckham's Inter Miami handed £1.4m fine for breaking MLS' rules

David Beckham’s Inter Miami handed £1.4MILLION fine for breaking MLS’ transfer rules by making Blaise Matuidi a top earner despite not naming the Frenchman as a Designated Player

  • David Beckham’s Inter Miami have been fined £1.4million for breaking MLS rules 
  • Inter Miami signed Blaise Matuidi but did not name him as a Designated Player 
  • DPs do not conform to MLS salary cap rules and Matuidi was paid too much
  • Beckham was found not guilty of wrongdoing but the club were sanctioned
  • Inter Miami’s transfer allocation money has been capped to £2m for two years 

David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise were handed a £1.4million fine for breaking MLS transfer spending rules in the signing of French international Blaise Matuidi. 

The midfielder, who joined from Juventus in August 2020, was not named as a ‘Designated Player’ that does not conform to the MLS salary cap rules, which state the majority of players cannot earn more than £1.14million-a-season.

Inter Miami stated they used ‘target allocation money’ to sign Matuidi but a MLS investigation dating back to March has found that the Frenchman was paid too much money, thereby breaking the coronavirus rules.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami side have been handed a £1.4m fine for financial irregularities

The fine relates to the signing of Blaise Matuidi and how he contravened MLS salary cap rules

The investigation also states that Inter Miami should have also named striker Andres Reyes, now at New York Red Bulls, as a Designated Player, while Beckham’s team did not disclose agreements that led to underreported salaries for players Julian Carranza, Leandro González Pirez and Nicolas Figal.

As well as the hefty fine imposed by the MLS, Inter Miami’s allocation money given to them for MLS transfers in 2022 and 2023 has been reduced to £2million. 

The investigation found owner Beckham not guilty of any wrongdoing but managing director Jorge Mas has been fined £176,000 while former director of football Paul McDonough – who was sacked in December – has been banned from football for two years. 

Inter Miami director Jorge Mas (second left) has been fined £176,000 for his role in the scandal

A MLS statement read: ‘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. 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.’

Inter Miami’s response to the ruling said: ‘We have worked closely with MLS to address these issues and have made significant changes in our management structure.

‘Following our inaugural season, we took a deep look at our soccer operations leadership group and made decisions that not only strengthened our internal roster compliance measures, but also better positioned us to build a sustainable, long-term competition strategy.’

Inter Miami managed by Phil Neville (right) have seen their transfer allocation reduced to £2m

The news comes as a blow to Inter Miami who are currently taking part in their second ever season after playing their first ever game in March 2020. 

The Herons were managed by Diego Alonso in their first ever season and reached the MLS play-off preliminary round last season via a tenth-placed finish in the Eastern Conference, though lost to Nashville SC at the first hurdle.

Former England Women’s boss and Manchester United men’s defender Phil Neville was hired as Inter Miami’s new manager in January – who has since added to the squad.

The MLS side already had the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and United States international Brek Shea in their squad, but have signed former Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross and ex-Arsenal and England man Kieran Gibbs to the side. 

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