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

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban over the controversial signing of Benjamin Garre.

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.

The case against the Premier League title winners revolves around their signing of Argentinian teenager Benjamin Garre - with a ruling expected this week, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In that case, they would be prevented from registering players this summer and in January 2019.

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. They accused City of acting unethically by tapping up Garré when he was 15 and then breaking rules by signing him when he was 16. 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.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been charged with similar offences in the past and were hit with transfer bans for one or two windows.

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

The Premier League champions face an anxious wait to find out their fate - putting a potential damper on a week where they claimed their third domestic title.

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