In a similar case, Chelsea is preparing an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge a one-year transfer ban. Manchester City is also under scrutiny by FIFA. FIFA prohibits international transfers of minors unless their families moved to a country for non-soccer reasons, or are close to the border of another nation where the youngster plays.
Exceptions within most of Europe allow 6- to 18-year-old players to be signed if education and living standards are met. FIFA says it also fined the Belgian soccer federation 230,000 Swiss francs ($228,000).
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