MLS Investigating If Inter Miami Paid Blaise Matuidi Under The Table

The World Cup winner came to MLS but wasn’t a designated player, which limits the amount he could be paid.

Major League Soccer on Friday launched a formal review of Inter Miami's signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

According to a brief statement issued by the league, the investigation will focus on whether the signing in August 2020 complied with MLS salary budget and roster guidelines. The league said it will make no further comment until completion of its investigation.

A World Cup winner with France in 2018, Matuidi signed with Miami on a free transfer after three seasons with powerhouse Juventus in Italy's Serie A.

The 33-year-old Matuidi appeared in 15 games (14 starts) for Miami in 2020, tallying one goal and one assist.

According to an ESPN report, he was signed with the help of Targeted Allocation Money and not as a Designated Player. That would have limited his salary range to at least $612,500 but no more than $1,612,500 under MLS roster rules for 2020.

"There are some concerns that Matuidi received additional dollars," a source told ESPN.

Miami co-owner David Beckham and Matuidi played with each other in 2017 at Paris Saint-Germain.

(Field Level Media)

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