Inter Miami was hit with a record $2 million fine and additional penalties after acquiring France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi, despite breaking MLS roster and salary regulations.
Inter Miami enticed Matuidi away from Serie A champions Juventus for their inaugural season in 2020, with the World Cup-winning star teaming up with Gonzalo Higuain after the club used targeted allocation money. Inter Miami is co-owned by former Manchester United, England, and Real Madrid star David Beckham (TAM).
Inter Miami, on the other hand, was found not to be roster compliant by MLS in March, meaning that the team had four designated players rather than the three allowed.
Inter Miami received a $2,271,250 reduction in allocation dollars for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, as well as the league’s highest fine ever while managing owner Jorge Mas was fined $250,000 and former sporting director Paul McDonough was suspended for the entire 2022 season and then left Atlanta United.
“The integrity of our rules is sacred,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said. “It is a basic value of our league that our teams are accountable for complying with all-league laws.”
“There will be no exceptions to our regulations. These penalties reflect the seriousness of Inter Miami’s transgressions, should encourage full cooperation from all parties in future investigations, and will act as a deterrence to teams that break roster regulations.”
Mas stated in a statement: “Inter Miami CF accepts that in our inaugural season, the team broke Major League Soccer’s roster restrictions.
“To address these challenges, we collaborated extensively with MLS and made major changes to our management structure. With the hiring of Chris Henderson as chief soccer officer and sporting director in 2021, we took a hard look at our soccer operations leadership group and made decisions. It not only strengthened our internal roster compliance measures but also better positioned us to build a sustainable, long-term competitive strategy.
“Inter Miami is a high-flying club with lofty goals. We think that our fan base, market, and the ownership group will lead us to be one of the most popular soccer clubs in North America. We are dedicated to assisting our team and constructing a squad that we are proud of.”