Did David Beckham’s Inter Miami Get Sanction by MLS for Violating Salary Budget in the Past? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Published 01/25/2024, 6:56 PM EST

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One would assume, that if the club is owned by a legend like David Beckham, then there would be no issues related to financials. However, that is certainly not the case with Inter Miami, which is co-owned by the England legend. Let’s take a look at why the MLS giants attracted problems from the lawmakers early after the club was formed.

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The signings of Lionel Messi and other stars in the last two transfer windows have started the spending debate again. However, the clear thing is that their problems with the salary budget are not new.

The relationship of Inter Miami and Salary budget goes a long way back

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If there was a word to describe the start of the Herons in MLS, it would be chaos. Inter Miami started their journey in 2020 with the star signings of Gonzalo Higuain and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi. Many would have expected wins and trophies to follow. However, the story took a sudden turn for all the wrong reasons. In 2021, it was announced that the club had been found guilty of violating salary budget and roster guidelines. The MLS after a thorough investigation announced that the club knowingly did not include Matuidi and Andrés Reyes in the Designated Player spot.

This was not the only mistake the club made during the course. Inter Miami also got in trouble for not reporting the correct salary budget amounts for players Leandro González Pirez, Nicolás Figal, and Julián Carranza. In the end, for all their errors, MLS fined them a record $2 million. One of the owners Jorge Mas was handed a fine of $250,000. Paul McDonough, the club’s COO and Sporting Director had to serve suspension for the 2022 season. The league also announced that the Herons also faced a reduction of $2,271,250 in allocation dollars for 2022 and 2023. Luckily, David Beckham and the rest of the owners were not found guilty of major wrongdoings.

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The Manchester United legend will hope that he avoids a similar problem. However, a former MLS star and current assistant coach believes that the strict rules are not the way forward for the league to progress.

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Charlotte FC icon wants MLS to relax its rules regarding the financial side

In an interview, the current assistant coach of Charlotte FC Christian Fuchs wants the MLS to think of the future. He said that the league is doing well. However, the one major thing that is stopping it from taking one more level up is the limited spending. He pointed out that the league should appeal to the stars at the peak and not at the end of their careers.

He specifically called the league to loosen aspects like salary caps. At the moment, the MLS clubs are allowed to sign only three players whose overall salary and signing fees go beyond the Maximum Salary Budget Charge.

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It will be interesting whether lawmakers explore the option to make it a more attractive league. Should the MLS abolish the salary cap rules? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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I can't express how deep my passion for the sport runs, especially when it comes to the English Premier League. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to understanding the intricate details of the game, both on and off the field. What's fascinating is that my beloved club is Newcastle United, and I've been on a rollercoaster journey with them, from their triumphant promotion from the second tier to the recent takeover and even their remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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