Man City to learn by end of March if they face transfer ban over Garré signing – report

Manchester City will finally learn before the end of March if they face sanctions over the signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garré from Velez Sarsfield, according to the Telegraph.

Velez complained that City broke rules in signing the young forward, but FIFA upheld City’s argument that he was free to join them after his 16th birthday, because the youngster has an Italian passport and players in Europe are free to move when they turn 16 if they do not sign a professional contract.

The Argentine club claimed that FIFA only allow players under-18 to move between clubs in European countries, and took their case to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) last July. They accused City of acting unethically by tapping up Garré when he was 15 and then breaking rules by signing him when he was 16.

Having already seen their case upheld by FIFA, Manchester City are confident that the CAS will rule similarly, but should Velez win this latest battle, City would face the possibility of a transfer ban for two windows.

A spokesperson for the CAS told the Telegraph that the end is near on this case, stating: “The arbitral award is currently being finalised. It should be notified to the parties by the end of March.”

Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have faced transfer bans for breaching rules in signing under-18s, and City will hope their signing of Benjamin Garré was by the book and they won’t become the latest high-profile club to be punished.

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