Premier League side Liverpool have been fined £100,000 by the Premier League and handed a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs for a rule breach.
The reason for the fine and ban as to do with the club's approach to a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City in September last year.
Liverpool will be banned from signing any academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the previous 18 months.
In September 2016 Liverpool made an application to register the Stoke City Academy player and compensation was agreed.
The application was, however rejected by the Premier League Board.
Further investigation reveal that Liverpool spoke to the youngster and his family before they should have and also paid for him and some of his family to attend a game at Anfield.
The Mersyside club also offered to pay the player's school fees, which were being paid by Stoke at this time, but this was a breach of newly-introduced regulations which state a benefit can only be offered if it is applicable to all youngsters across the club's academy and this was not the case.
The Premier League ruling stated: "The club will pay a fine of £100,000 and will be prohibited from registering any academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the preceding 18 months.
"This ban will last for two years, with the second year suspended for a three-year period (to be activated in the event of any further similar breach by the club)."
Premier League rules ban the offer of any inducements from clubs to encourage a move.
Liverpool have admitted the rule breaches.