Manchester City Cleared Over Garre Signing

Garre was signed from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield only days after his 16th birthday

Garre was signed from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield only days after his 16th birthday

The new Premier League champions could have faced a transfer ban if a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) had gone against them.

Manchester City are anxiously waiting to find out if they will be hit by a transfer ban, after allegedly breaching rules with regards the signing of Argentine starlet Benjamin Garre.

Garre was 16 at the time but Argentine officials accused City of tapping him up when he was still 15, pointing to Federation Internationale de Football Association rules that say no player can leave their home country until they are 18, unless the player's parents move countries for "non-footballing reasons". Benjamin Garre (standing) in action for Man City academy team. But former club Velez Sarsfield had complained that the approach, which began when the young winger was only 15, was illegal and that the transfer broke Federation Internationale de Football Association rules.

But City countered that Garre, who has since appeared for the club three times in the EFL Trophy, held an Italian passport and was therefore entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

However Velez officials claimed City broke rules because Garre played for a club in Argentina, thus taking the case to the CAS.

It is why a court case that was heard in July previous year, with a verdict due by the end of September, has been delayed.

Federation Internationale de Football Association sanctioned the transfer and City believe that that will stand in their favour and that they will be cleared of any wrongdoing. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have also served bans in recent years also.

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Earlier in the case, Federation Internationale de Football Association said there was "no element justifying" disciplinary proceedings against City.

Both reports claim that City plan to add to their squad this summer.

That said, they would have the right to a technical appeal that could further delay the process and allow Guardiola to stockpile players this summer.

City are very much of the opinion that they did nothing wrong in this case although if they are found guilty they are likely to be slapped with a two-window transfer ban.

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