FIFA fine Arsenal for transfer violation but Icardi's PSG move proves it's not a big deal — six-point explainer

FIFA fine Arsenal for transfer violation but Icardi's PSG move proves it's not a big deal — six-point explainer

Earlier in July, it was reported by the Associated Press that the Gunners were fined by the football's governing body. News reports about it look threatening but is adamant you don't have to worry.

Reasoning. FIFA is concerned with Arsenal supposedly meddling into potential sales of ex-Gunners Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom.

Sell-on clauses. The North Londoners will receive a bigger fee in case these players will be sold to British sides compared to transfers to non-UK clubs.

This is done in order to de-incentivise Frosinone and PAOK, where Campbell and Akpom play now, respectively, to sell to British clubs.

Failure to inform. Arsenal did not declare these clauses in the Transfer Matching System, where clubs have to upload all details regarding player sales.

Probably the first time you've heard of Chuba Akpom since he left the Emirates in 2018. Now you know he continued playing football on lockdown... virtually:

Fine and warning. FIFA handed the Gunners a £34,000 fine and threatened more serious measures will be taken in case Arsenal try to do that again.

No admission of guilt. The North London outfit supposedly believe they did nothing wrong as such sell-on clauses, while not a routine practice, are often included to prevent former players from joining rival teams.

A good example of why Arsenal decided to disincentivise selling to the UK is Cesc Fabregas' move to Chelsea. We'd all be happier if Barcelona sold the Spaniard to, say, Bayern Munich, not to our city rivals.

Can of worms opened? In May this year, when Mauro Icardi moved to PSG from Internazionale on a permanent deal, the Nerazzurri included a special 'anti-Juventus clause' in their agreement with PSG. The Parisian club will have to pay an additional €15m if they re-sell the forward to the reigning champions of Italy.

If FIFA decided to overlook the widely-reported clause in the Argentine's deal (did Inter report it to the Transfer Matching System?), it's unlikely they will impose any big sanctions on Arsenal for similar violations. Inter Milan did it on a larger scale and we have heard of no fine or transfer ban handed to Antonio Conte's side.

Apart from that, £34,000 is a small fine and the Gunners will probably be more cautious in their next dealings.

AuthorAleksei BlokhinSourceAssociated Press | Tribuna,com