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David Beckham's Inter Miami fined £1.41m over Blaise Matuidi signing

Inter Miami deemed to have violated the designated player limit with signing of the former World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi , already having Matias Pellegrini, Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain; MLS club hit with £1.41m fine

Inter Miami midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Image: Inter Miami fined over signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi

Inter Miami have been hit with sanctions, including a $2m (£1.41m) fine, after MLS investigation into last year's signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

David Beckham and other co-owners were cleared of any wrongdoing by the league, but managing owner Jorge Mas was fined 250,000 dollars (£176,000) since he had an obligation to ensure rules were followed.

The investigation found Miami contravened team roster designation rules for Matuidi and Andres Reyes who "should have occupied a designated player slot", MLS said in a statement.

The club was also found guilty of not disclosing agreements that led to the under-reporting of salaries for three other players, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nicolas Figal and Julian Carranza.

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Matuidi was signed from Juventus last August. Miami said it used targeted allocation funds to sign him, but the league ruled he should have been listed as a designated player.

Former Miami sporting director Paul McDonough, who parted ways with the team in December, was suspended by the league through the 2022 season.

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The MLS also announced Miami's allocation dollars for 2022 and 2023 had been reduced by more than $2m.

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