Inter Miami’s roster violations were extreme, but bending MLS regulations is nothing new

Inter Miami’s roster violations were extreme, but bending MLS regulations is nothing new

Just before 7 p.m. on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, MLS announced unprecedented sanctions against Inter Miami for violating the league’s roster rules.

According to the league, Miami rostered five designated players in the 2020 season, two more than the limit. The club also underreported salary budget charges for three other players. MLS punished Miami severely. It fined the club $2 million and docked managing owner Jorge Mas $250,000, suspended former COO and sporting director Paul McDonough through the 2022 season and stripped the team of more than $2.27 million in allocation money through the 2023 campaign.

In his first interview since those punishments were announced, Mas acknowledged that Miami operated outside of the league’s salary restraints and provided detail as to how much the team was paying French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi (one of the two players who should have been categorized as a DP last year).

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