Velez Sarsfield have tonight released an official statement over Manchester City’s signing of 15-year-old wonderkid Benjamin Garré. Garré, who turns 16 next month, is one of Argentina’s finest young prospects and his club are unhappy that the player has moved to City.
In their official release, Velez outright refused the transfer of Garré to City, stating that it violates their federative rights and would be ‘contrary to good faith, confraternity, solidarity and respect for the regulations applicable to football, all of them characteristics of any Club with renowned performance and privilege as is in this case Manchester City.”
In what can easily be translated as a threat to take this all the way to FIFA, the statement added: ‘We also wish to emphasise that according to Section 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (2016 edition), international transfers of players are only allowed when the player is over the age of 18, except for exceptional cases, which are specifically stated in the mentioned regulations.’
Velez’s statement closed by again asking City to respect the rights of the club, player and FIFA’s own regulations.
Below, you can see a portion of the official letter sent by Velez to City, made out to the attention of Khaldoon Al Mubarak