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

Pep Guardiola is expected to spend big again this summer in order to retain the league title

Pep Guardiola is expected to spend big again this summer in order to retain the league title

Manchester City are facing a major transfer ban over their deal for Benjamin Garre.

City signed Garre at the age of 16 but Velez claimed the move breached FIFA's rules over the signing of minors from outside the European Union. They claimed Garre was free to join them when he turned 16 because he holds an Italian passport, but Velez argued Federation Internationale de Football Association rules allowing players under 18 to move clubs only covers teenagers swapping one European side for another. Real Madrid have also been given a one-window ban in the past.

If the court sides with the Argentinian club, City could be banned from registering new players for two transfer windows.

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. The Premier League club have argued that they acted within the rules, but Velez took the complaint to CAS and a verdict is expected within the next seven days.

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Of some encouragement to City is that Federation Internationale de Football Association ratified the transfer and upheld City's argument that their capture of Garre, who is now playing in their Under 23 side, was not a breach of the regulations because he holds an Italian passport.

The Argentine club claimed City broke Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations, which only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries. 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 worldwide players under 18.

Liverpool, Manchester United and co. will all be desperately hoping that City are curtailed in their attempts to continue to buy success.

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