Manchester City avoid transfer ban after being cleared in Benjamin Garré case

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

His former club, Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, claim that City approached the player when he was 15 before signing him a few days after he turned 16.

Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled the deal for Garre was above board and hadn't broken the rules, despite allegations from Velez that he was approached before turning 16.

A verdict on the case involving City's signing of Argentinian teenager Garre is expected this week, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Manchester City are still celebrating their Premier League title victory, but the club could be about to face a transfer headache.

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.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been subjected to transfer embargoes in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules regarding the signing of global players younger than 18.

However, if deemed guilty and hit with the penalty, City would have the right to an appeal, meaning they could delay the process and allow Guardiola to sign a range of players to diminish the influence of the ban.

City claim they acted within the rules, with Federation Internationale de Football Association ratifying the transfer due to the fact Garre holds an Italian passpot.

Regulations dictate that clubs within the European Union (EU) are not allowed to sign player from outside under the age of 18 - this can of course be sidestepped if the player's family relocates as was the case when Barcelona signed a 13-year-old Lionel Messi in 2000.

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.



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