Major League Soccer have confirmed that David Beckham’s Inter Miami broke the league’s budget rules after paying Blaise Matuidi above the compensation limit for a non-designated player.
Inter Miami made their debut as an expansion franchise in MLS last term and prior to that, it was announced that Matias Pellegrini was their young designated player.
They went on to recruit Rodolfo Pizarro and Gonzalo Higuain as the high-priced designated players last year while Blaise Matuidi was also signed to bolster the squad.
Miami highlighted that Matuidi was signed with Targeted Allocation Money, but it has now been revealed that they violated the rules as he was paid above the compensation limit.
The Eastern Conference side have managed to get back in compliance by buying out the contract of Pellegrini, who has been loaned out to reserve side Fort Lauderdale CF.
MLS are still expected to announce sanctions for the rule violation. It has been highlighted that the club had four designated players last season, above the maximum limit of three.
Miami has a poor debut season as they finished a lowly 10th in the standings. They still made it to the play-off’s play-in round.
However, they could not make any more progress as they were comfortably beaten Nashville SC by a 3-0 scoreline.
Nashville went on to stun Toronto FC in the Conference play-off round, but were eventually beaten by Columbus in the semi-final.
Miami will be aiming for a better start to the campaign this time around, and they need Higuain firing from the off.
The Argentine joined the club midway through last season, and struggled to make an impact with just one goal from nine outings.