City To Be Hit With Massive Transfer Ban?

Manchester City

Manchester City "could face a transfer ban" because of player signed in 2016

The Manchester club recently signed 16-year-old winger Benjamin Garre from Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield, who have lodged a formal complaint about City's approach for the player.

Velez complained to Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2016 that City broke rules preventing trafficking of minors by signing Garre after he turned 16.

While City may have committed those actions, Federation Internationale de Football Association took the view that because Garre has an Italian passport, he was allowed to leave Argentina as soon as he turned 16.

The Premier League side believed the player was free to join them as he had turned 16 and held an Italian passport but Velez claim that the rule only applies when two European teams are involved.

Federation Internationale de Football Association allow transfers of minors between clubs in the European Union and the initial complaint was dismissed as Garre has an Italian passport.

City have outspent rival teams.

Having already seen their case upheld by FIFA, Manchester City were always confident that the CAS would rule similarly, and have received a positive result.

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That case has been running since July, with a court case heard nine months ago.

As such, City facing the prospect of being banned from registering players in each of the next two transfer windows - a fate suffered previously by Atletico Madrid - if the CAS side with Velez. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have all been subjected to such bans in recent seasons after being found guilty of breaching the rules surrounding the signing of global players under 18.

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

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

City insist that they acted within the rules but if found guilty it could throw Pep Guardiola's summer transfer plans into disarray. If they are disciplined by CAS, they will most likely appeal and delay the implementation of the ban.

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

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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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