Man City escape transfer ban for Garre case

Pep Guardiola is expected to spend big again this summer in order to retain the league title

Manchester City are anxiously waiting to find out if they will be hit by a transfer ban, after allegedly breaching rules with regards the signing of Argentine starlet Benjamin Garre.

Premier League champions City could have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows had they been found guilty of breaching worldwide transfer regulations when they signed Garre in 2016.

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.

Manchester City is facing the prospect of a two-window transfer ban but they have been cleared and will not be punished by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to Goal.

A formal announcement is expected from the CAS later this week, and Velez could yet make a technical appeal against its decision.

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

While Cas was unavailable to comment it is understood City have already been informed that the court has upheld Fifa's original ruling.

They reported City to Federation Internationale de Football Association as they supposedly tapped up the player when he was only 15. That's not good behaviour between two clubs.

"Man City argued that there is an exception in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rules - But the Federation Internationale de Football Association rule does not say that, it says he can move only within the European Union, between EU clubs".

But City manager Pep Guardiola is now free to continue his transfer plans as he looks to strengthen his squad once the transfer window reopens at the end of the season. If they are found guilty however, they would have the right to appeal, which could then delay any transfer embargo. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were handed bans in recent years but City has been vindicated of the case.

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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