Manchester City avoid transfer ban after winning Benjamin Garre case

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

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.

Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after winning their case against Velez Sarsfield at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Sky Sports News understands.

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 appeal filed on 12 December 2016 by Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield against the decision issued on 24 August 2016 by the single judge of the sub-committee of the Federation Internationale de Football Association players' status committee (the challenged decision) is dismissed and, accordingly, the challenged decision is confirmed", a CAS statement said.

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

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City were also given reason to believe that Garre's transfer was fully above board because it was apparently ratified by Federation Internationale de Football Association, who rejected Velez's complaint. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have also served bans in recent years also.

"He (Garre) left here a couple of days before his 16th birthday, he spent a few days in Germany and he entered England one day after his 16th birthday".

Earlier in the case, Federation Internationale de Football Association said there was "no element justifying" disciplinary proceedings against City. 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. If they are found guilty however, they would have the right to appeal, which could then delay any transfer embargo.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans for breaching rules around the signing of global players under the age of 18 in recent years.

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