Manchester City avoid transfer ban after winning Benjamin Garre case

Manchester City avoid transfer ban after winning Benjamin Garre case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Federation Internationale de Football Association was right to let Manchester City sign teenager Benjamin Garre from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will make a decision over the signing of Argentinian youngster Benjamin Garre in the coming days to decide whether or not City breached any rules.

But former club Velez Sarsfield had complained that the approach, which began when the young winger was only 15, was illegal and that the transfer broke Federation Internationale de Football Association rules. 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.

The English Premier League champion said it could register Garre with the English Football Association and FIFA because of his Italian passport. And even though City haven't been slapped with a transfer ban that might have forced Pep Guardiola to dip into his youth team, Garre will be hoping his chance comes.

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

Cas has now upheld that verdict after a hearing took place past year.

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As was expected, Benítez named an unchanged side for the game after his side's 2-1 victory away to Leicester City last weekend. Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says the club are finding it hard to perform in the Premier League due to Europa League success.

City could have been prohibited from signing players for up to two transfer windows had they lost the case. 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. That's not good behaviour between two clubs.

Garre was snapped up by City's academy just 10 days after his 16th birthday in the summer of 2016.

Velez, however, claimed that Federation Internationale de Football Association rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in Europe and does not include South America.

Both reports claim that City plan to add to their squad this summer.

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.

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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