Inter Miami have reportedly broken Major League Soccer (MLS) rules with the signing of France midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Juventus last year.
The MLS said Matuidi had been paid more than was allowed, effectively giving the team four “designated players” last season rather than the permitted three, according to BBC Sports..
Designated players’ wages do not count towards the MLS salary cap.
Known as the “Beckham rule”, it was introduced when David Beckham joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
At that time, the ex-England captain was given an option to purchase an expansion franchise, later becoming co-owner of Inter Miami, who played their first MLS game in March 2020.
In a statement, the MLS said World Cup winner Matuidi, 34, had been wrongly categorised as a “targeted allocation money” (TAM) player.
“Matuidi’s compensation was above the compensation limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a designated player,” the statement continued.
“As a result, Inter Miami CF violated the designated player limit as the team had three designated players in addition to Matuidi during 2020.”
Any sanctions will be announced at a later date.