MANCHESTER CITY have avoided a transfer ban from FIFA over the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, but have been fined around £315,000.

Manchester City have been handed a major fine by FIFA for breaches related to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

The club have been forced to pay 370,000 Swiss Francs, which works out at around £315,000.

But, City managed to avoid a blanket transfer ban, which Premier League rivals Chelsea were hit with earlier this year.

Man City have already accepted responsibility for its involvement in the claims, which ultimately entered into FIFA's mind when it came to a decision.

Protecting youngsters is a key part of FIFA's regulatory framework, and enforcing the rules around their transfer and registration is crucial, said the football governing body.

A statement from FIFA read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.