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Man City facing transfer ban after signing Argentine wonderkid Garre

Date Posted,June 1, 2017

Manchester City could face a transfer ban following their signing of an Argentine wonderkid.

City are being taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after landing teenager Benjamin Garre.

The midfield whizz kid, 16, moved to the Etihad last summer from Velez Sarsfield, who have been left furious with how the negotiations were conducted.

Velez filed a complaint with FIFA back in September after claiming that City broke transfer regulations on approaching under age players when they approached Garre.

They allege that City spoke to Garre in Argentina while he was still 15 years old, before signing him just after he turned 16.

FIFA allow transfers of minors between clubs in the European Union and the initial complaint was dismissed because Garre has an Italian passport.

But Velez officials say that City broke the rule because Garre played for a club in Argentina – and they will now have their case seen to by CAS on July 3.

Guardiola could be banned from making transfers (Photo: Reuters)

“We’re angry because City came after our player, we said no and they took him anyway. That’s not good behaviour between two clubs,” Velez club secretary Bernardo Bertelloni told The Times.

“He (Garre) left here a couple of days before his 16th birthday, he spent a few days in Germany and he entered England one day after his 16th birthday.

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“Man City argued that there is an exception in the FIFA rules… But the FIFA rule does not say that, it says he can move only within the EU, between EU clubs.”

If City are found guilty of breaking rules, they will likely be handed a transfer ban that prevents them from registering new players for a certain amount of transfer windows.

Atletico Madrid have recently had their two-window ban upheld by CAS.

Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona have both also served bans.

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