After renewed reports that Manchester City could be in hot water over the summer acquisition of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garré, FIFA have released a statement clearing the Blues of any wrongdoing.
Garré’s former club, Velez Sarsfield, had previously threatened to report the deal to FIFA, after claiming it was in breach of Section 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (2016 edition).
Velez went through with the threat, but with no success. Garré’s Italian passport means he was allowed to move to City on his 16th birthday, and FIFA have confirmed that the club are in the clear.
An official spokesperson of FIFA said:
“We can confirm that a decision regarding the application made by the Football Association to the sub-committee of the players’ status committee for approval of the international transfer of the player from Velez Sarsfield to Manchester City was passed on August 24, 2016.
“We can also confirm that having thoroughly analysed the request lodged by Velez Sarsfield, it was considered that there is no element justifying the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Manchester City.”
16-year-old attacking midfielder Garré, grandson of 1986 World Cup winner Oscar Garré, is considered one of the most exciting young talents of his generation in Argentina and described his move to the Etihad as a “gift from God”.