Man City cleared over Garre transfer

Benjamin Garre in action for Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after winning their case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield, Sky Sports News understands.

Velez complained that City broke rules in signing the young forward, but Federation Internationale de Football Association upheld City's argument that he was free to join them after his 16th birthday, because the youngster has an Italian passport and players in Europe are free to move when they turn 16 if they do not sign a professional contract.

Velez claim City acted unethically by approaching Garre when he was just 15, before signing him days after his 16th birthday.

City thought they were in the right because Garre holds an Italian passport and the age threshold for European Union citizens is 16. They reported City to Federation Internationale de Football Association as they supposedly tapped up the player when he was only 15. Benjamin Garre (standing) in action for Man City academy team.

A formal announcement from CAS is expected later this week, while Velez could yet make a technical appeal against CAS's decision.


That is why a court case that was heard in July a year ago, with a verdict due by the end of September, has been delayed. To complicate matters, Velez have also taken Federation Internationale de Football Association to CAS because the governing body rejected their original complaint in September 2016.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had already dismissed Velez's complaint that City had broken regulations when they signed Garre. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules concerning the signing of worldwide players under 18.

Garre spent his first season with City in the youth ranks and played his first games at Under-18 level in the "Final Stage" of the Under-18 Premier League.

City insist that they acted within the rules but if found guilty it could throw Pep Guardiola's summer transfer plans into disarray.

The ban was for two years, although the second year, set to begin on June 30, 2018, will be suspended for three years.

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