Sport Man City cleared of wrongdoing over Benjamin Garre signing following CAS hearing

15:16  17 april  2018
15:16  17 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Manchester City 's signing of teenager Benjamin Garre will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday. City signed Garre at the age of 16 but the teenager's Argentinian club Velez It is understood it could be several weeks before there is an outcome from the CAS hearing .

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Benjamin Garre joined Manchester City at the age of 16 in July 2016 (Martin Rickett/Empics) © Provided by The Press Association Benjamin Garre joined Manchester City at the age of 16 in July 2016

Manchester City have been cleared of wrongdoing over the controversial signing of teenager Benjamin Garre from Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield, Press Association Sport understands.

The newly crowned Premier League champions could have faced a transfer ban had a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport gone against them.

Velez claimed City broke world governing body FIFA’s regulations on international transfers when they signed Garre, then 16, in July 2016.

Velez argued FIFA rules only allow players under the age of 18 to move between clubs in European Union countries. City countered that Garre held an Italian passport and was therefore entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

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Manchester City will face a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport over their signing of teenager Benjamin Garre from Argentinian club Velez Sarsfield.

City signed Garre at the age of 16 but the teenager’s Argentine club Velez Sarsfield claimed the move breached world governing body FIFA’s rules over the signing of minors from outside the European Union. Velez appealed to CAS after FIFA ruled in City ’s favour following a complaint about Garre ’s

FIFA ruled in City’s favour over the matter but Velez took their complaint to Lausanne-based CAS, where the case was heard last summer. Now, following a lengthy delay, a verdict could be imminent.

It is understood City have already been informed that the court has upheld FIFA’s original ruling.

City could have been banned from signing players for up to two transfer windows had the ruling not gone in their favour.

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

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