MLS – The « Beckham rule » not respected: Inter Miami violated salary regulations with Matuidi

Inter Miami, the club of David Beckham, violated the rules of the North American Football League (MLS) with the salary conditions offered to French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, MLS said in a statement on Friday. The case had already caused a scandal several weeks ago, shaking the North American League.

The salary of the 34-year-old world champion, recruited last summer by the Florida franchise, went « beyond » the emoluments of a player subject to the salary framework, « and he should have been classified as’ designated player‘ », affirms the MLS at the end of its investigation opened in early March.


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« As a result, Inter Miami CF violated the Designated Player Limit since the team had three Designated Players besides Matuidi in 2020« , completes the League. When Matuidi, arrived from Juventus Turin free of any contract, signed with Miami in August 2020, he was not one of the three players known as »designated« , ie the only ones able to have a salary exceeding the framework fixed by the MLS. These three » designated players « were the Mexican Rodolfo Pizarro and the Argentines Matias Pellegrini and Gonzalo Higuain.

Inter Miami must respect the « Beckham Rule »

Matuidi was therefore supposed to be one of the players whose salary conditions are under TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) status, ie at regulated salary. According to MLS rules for the 2020 season, he could be paid a minimum of $ 612,500 and a maximum of $ 1,612,500. Which does not really correspond to his status as a star of the team (with Higuain) and even less as reigning world champion with the Blues, crowned in 2018 in Russia.

Blaise Matuidi, Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Gonzalez (from left to right) curse the referee, during Inter Miami’s loss to Impact Montreal (2-1), on October 17

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This rule of the « designated player » is nicknamed the « Beckham Rule » since its creation in 2007, to allow the Los Angeles Galaxy to enlist the former English superstar of Real Madrid with emoluments far exceeding the standards of the North American championship.

In order to respect this rule, the Miami club had to part ways with one of its three « designated players », midfielder Matias Pellegrini, who signed for Fort Lauderdale. Matuidi is now officially one of the three « designated players », still with Higuain and Pizarro.

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