Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Manchester City will NOT face a transfer ban after winning CAS trial

Manchester City will NOT face a transfer ban after winning CAS trial

Manchester City are expected to be cleared of breaching rules over the signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garre, sources have told ESPN FC.

Federation Internationale de Football Association agreed with City, saying that because Garre holds an Italian passport, he was free to leave Argentina after his 16th birthday, however Velez took the case to CAS. 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.

As reported by the Telegraph, the club will not face a two-window transfer embargo after CAS found nothing wrong with the club's activities that year, but Velez will now have the right to appeal the decision.

Velez officials took the Premier League champions and Federation Internationale de Football Association to CAS last summer following the sale of teenager Garre to the Etihad. "City believed they had always acted within the rules and had also felt they were on strong ground given that Federation Internationale de Football Association ratified the transfer and CAS have now ruled in favour of the English club and Federation Internationale de Football Association".

However, Fifa have backed City and ratified the transfer, upholding their claim that Garre was free to join the club after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been subjected to transfer embargoes in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules regarding the signing of global players younger than 18. 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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