Manchester City avoid transfer ban after being cleared in Benjamin Garré case

FILE COPY Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola

FILE COPY Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's nervous wait for an outcome in the Benjamin Garré case has ended, with news surfacing on Tuesday morning that they have been cleared of any wrong doing and will face no transfer ban.

Both reports claim that the Premier League champions are "concerned" that the Court of Arbitration for Sport will rule in favour of Velez, with a verdict expected within the next week.

His previous club, Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield claim the Citizens acted unethically in their pursuit of the teenager and if Pep Guardiola's team are found guilty they could face a two-transfer window ban.

City maintain they have acted appropriately but, according to the Daily Mail, but there is serious concern that CAS will decide City breached transfer rules.

Velez Sarsfeld reported City to Federation Internationale de Football Association, claiming they had acted unethically by approaching Garre when was still 15 and flouted transfer rules when signing him after his 16th birthday.

In that case, they would be prevented from registering players this summer and in January 2019. If they are disciplined by CAS, they will most likely appeal and delay the implementation of the ban. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have all been subjected to such bans in recent seasons after being found guilty of breaching the rules surrounding the signing of global players under 18.

The Argentinian club have also taken Federation Internationale de Football Association to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the governing body initially rejected their complaint in September 2016.

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