Manchester City have been fined £300,000 and banned from signing certain Academy players for two years.
An official statement from Premier League read: “Following an investigation, the Premier League found evidence that [Manchester City’s] conduct prior to applying to register the players had contravened league rules.
“This included evidence of contact between the club and members of each academy player’s family while those academy players were still registered with their previous clubs.”
The statement added: “In each case, the academy player was conditionally registered with Manchester City while the Premier League’s investigation was ongoing.
“As a result of the club’s breaches, the players’ registrations will be terminated on a specified date, with no compensation rights retained by the club, and the club will not be permitted to re-register them as academy players.
“In addition, Manchester City has offered to pay compensation to each player’s previous club, and maintain educational provision for each player until the completion of his GCSEs.”