Beckham's Miami broke MLS budget rules

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David Beckham's Inter Miami was found by Major League Soccer to have violated league budget rules with their signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

The team bought out the contract of Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini to get back in compliance.

MLS said on Friday that final results of the investigation, including sanctions, will be announced "in the near future."

The league said Pellegrini is being loaned to Fort Lauderdale, the affiliate of Miami in the third tier United Soccer League's League One. That team is Miami's reserve side.

The league announced its investigation on March 5.

The 33-year-old Matuidi, a member of France's 2018 World Cup champions, joined Miami on August 13 from Juventus.

Miami said they used targeted allocation money.

Each team was allowed two high-priced designated players whose budget charge could exceed the maximum - for Miami those were Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro and Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Matuidi was not announced as a designated player.

"Matuidi's compensation was above the compensation limit for a TAM player and he should have been classified as a designated player," MLS said in a statement.

"As a result, Inter Miami violated the designated player limit as the team had three designated players in addition to Matuidi during 2020."

Beckham, a former England captain and Manchester United star, is Miami's co-owner and president of soccer operations.

Jorge Mas is the managing owner.

Miami finished 10th among 14 teams in the Eastern Conference with seven wins, 13 losses and three draws - losing to Nashville 3-0 in the playoffs play-in round.

Miami kick off their second season on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy.