Man City rocked by threat of two-window transfer ban

Man City teenage academy player Benjamin Garre

Man City teenage academy player Benjamin Garre

Manchester City are still celebrating their Premier League title victory, but the club could be about to face a transfer headache.

Federation Internationale de Football Association cleared City of any wrongdoing but the Argentine club took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

His former club, Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, claim that City approached the player when he was 15 before signing him a few days after he turned 16.

Benjamin Garre in action for Man City academy team
Benjamin Garre in action for Man City academy team

City are waiting to discover if they'll be hit with a transfer ban, according to reports in The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. If they are disciplined by CAS, they will most likely appeal and delay the implementation of the ban. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been subjected to transfer bans in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules concerning the signing of worldwide players under 18.

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. However, Velez's argument is that the rules only allow players under 18 to move between European clubs and don't apply to South American clubs. To complicate matters, Velez have also taken Federation Internationale de Football Association to CAS because the governing body rejected their original complaint in September 2016.

This complication has delayed the case, with a verdict originally due by last September, with a CAS spokesperson adding that the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast had also delayed the outcome.

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