David Beckham’s Inter Miami broke MLS rules by paying Blaise Matuidi too much
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Beckham in trouble
It has been revealed that Inter Miami, the MLS club with David Beckham at the helm, have broken regulations of the league by paying former France international and Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi over the restricted limit of what is known in the division as a ‘targeted allocation money player’ (TAM).
“Matuidi’s compensation was above the compensation limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a designated player,” read a statement issued by the league.
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 29: David Beckham addresses the crowd during the press conference announcing an MLS franchise in Miami at the Knight Concert Hall on January 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
“As a result, Inter Miami CF violated the designated player limit as the team had three designated players in addition to Matuidi during 2020.”
This has hugely hurt the club for the upcoming season as one of their targeted players, Matias Pellegrini has had to have his contract bought out and then loaned to Miami’s third-tier team Fort Lauderdale CF.
Inter Miami finished last season in 10th in the Eastern Conference. Since, Phil Neville has taken over as the club’s head coach.
Josef Martinez is back
The MLS was deprived one of its stars last season after Atlanta United’s Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez suffered a season-ending injury at the start of the campaign.
2019 top scorer has now Returned however and is ready to fire Atlanta to another title.
“The day by day was the hardest for me,” said Martinez.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 08: A view of the MLS cup held up by Josef Martinez #7 of Atlanta United after their 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers during the 2018 MLS Cup between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
“Any kind of injury is difficult for a player who is not used to not being away from the pitch for so long, and they told me it would be hard, but I never realized it would be this hard. When you live it personally, then you see it. It continues to be hard. It’s like a rollercoaster.
“One day you feel good, others you’re down. But I thank God and this excellent medical team here at the club, my family and everyone else for helping me get through it.”
Much had been made of whether the striker could leave the city prior to his injury thanks to his lightning form but confirmed he feels at home in Atlanta.
“This is my home. Until the day that it’s not possible, this is my home. Always,” he said.