A FIFA spokesman has confirmed why Manchester City have escaped a transfer ban despite being found guilty of breaking rules on signing young players, unlike the harsher punishment Chelsea received.
City have been fined £315,000 by world football's governing body after "accepting its responsibility" over the breach of regulations surrounding their acquisition of under-18s, but unlike Chelsea they will still be able to sign players in the next transfer window.
The Londoners were unable to make any new additions this summer, and as things stand are also banned from making any signings in January.
But City have been given a more lenient punishment because they accepted their wrongdoing.
Mirror Sport contacted FIFA to determine why City and Chelsea's cases resulted in different outcomes, and received the following response:
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"Generally speaking, FIFA's judicial bodies handle all cases on an individual basis as circumstances differ from case to case," said the FIFA spokesman.
"In its decision on Manchester City, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee took into consideration all specific circumstances of the case as well as the club’s cooperation in clarifying the relevant facts.
"It is important to stress that the specific circumstances of this case differ from previous cases involving breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
"Please note that in line with article 50 (8) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2019 version), 'at any time prior to the meeting set up to decide the case by the relevant judicial body, a party may accept responsibility and request the FIFA judicial bodies to impose a specific sanction. The FIFA judicial bodies may decide on the basis of such request or render a decision which it considers appropriate in the context of this Code.'
"Furthermore, according to article 24 (3) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, 'when determining the disciplinary measure, the judicial body shall take into account all relevant factors of the case, including any assistance of and substantial cooperation by the offender in uncovering or establishing a breach of any FIFA rule, the circumstances and the degree of the offender’s guilt and any other relevant circumstances.'
"Lastly, as you can see, Manchester City has accepted its responsibility, which has been considered by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in its decision."
Chelsea have appealed their ban in the hope that they can sign players in January.