This rule was broken by the signing of world champion Frenchman Blaise Matuidi with MLS rookie Inter Milan (International Miami).
The league’s statement was partly owned by David Beckham and received Matiuidi for free in August last year. The statement stated that “this is not in line with the player framework and budget requirements.”
The 34-year-old midfielder was not rated as one of the top three football players (designated players) by his club. According to the rules, their salary may be higher than average. However, with him, the band will have four such players instead of a maximum of three.
The team’s penalty decision will be made later.