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Manchester City to avoid ban from CAS

17 April 2018

The English Premier League champion said it could register Garre with the English Football Association and FIFA because of his Italian passport. The Etihad outfit was taken to Federation Internationale de Football Association and CIS by Argentine club Velez Sarsfield but the world governing body had ruled that the signing of Benjamin Garre, then 16, by Manchester City was legal.

Velez complained that City broke rules in signing the young forward, but Federation Internationale de Football Association 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.

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.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had already dismissed Velez's complaint that City had broken regulations when they signed Garre.

On Monday, however, a spokesman suggested a verdict would have been issued but for CAS having to first deal with the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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If City do lose the case, they face the prospect of a two-window transfer ban that could prevent them from registering players this summer and in January 2019. Real Madrid have also been given a one-window ban in the past.

City are now banned from signing academy players from certain English clubs after being found guilty of breaching Premier League youth development rules over the signing of two players.

Federation Internationale de Football Association bans the transfer of under-18s to different countries unless they meet strict criteria. That led the Argentine club to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who presided over the final ruling. Even then, the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.They live within 100km of the club.

Manchester City to avoid ban from CAS