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

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

Manchester City have been cleared of wrongdoing over the signing of teenager Benjamin Garre from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield in July 2016.

But there is serious concern that CAS will rule in favour of Velez Sarsfield, the Argentine club who claim City acted unethically by contacting Garre when he was 15 and then committed a breach of transfer rules by signing the winger only days after his 16th birthday.

However, City argued that, because Garre holds an Italian passport, he was free to leave Argentina after his 16th birthday and were initially supported by Federation Internationale de Football Association before Velez took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Velez had initially claimed that City approached Garre when was 15 and then broke transfer rules by signing him shortly after his 16th birthday. Benjamin Garre (standing) in action for Man City academy team.

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.

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. A verdict due last September was delayed but now the CAS are prepared to finally deliver their verdict in the next week. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were handed bans in recent years but City has been vindicated of the case.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association had already dismissed Velez's complaint that City had broken regulations when they signed Garre.

"We're angry because City came after our player, we said no and they took him anyway", declared Velez club secretary Bernardo Bertelloni previous year.

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. City insist they acted within the rules.

City are now banned from signing academy players from certain English clubs after being found guilty of breaching Premier League youth development rules over the signing of two players.