Liverpool have been banned from signing academy players after being found guilty of ‘tapping up’ a young player at Stoke City.
Details of the case, which involves allegations of a forbidden inducement offered to a 12-year-old, came to light last week.
The Premier League subsequently launched an investigation and has found Liverpool’s conduct went against regulations in place.
The Reds have been handed a two-year ban, with the second year suspended, and fined £100,000.
The player in question was registered at Stoke, with Liverpool applying to register him after a compensation agreement between the two clubs.
Liverpool’s offer to pay school fees for the player saw the compensation rejected by the Premier League.
Evidence was also found to suggest there was regular contact between the club and members of the player’s family.
It is suggested the youngster’s family were invited to Anfield for a match with expenses paid, among other inducements.
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The Reds will not be allowed to register any academy players, who have been registered with another professional club in the past 18 months.
The second year of the ban has been suspended for a three-year period, although a further breach could see this activated.