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Man City cleared over signing of teenager Garre

From BBC - April 17, 2018

Manchester City have been cleared of wrongdoing over the signing of teenager Benjamin Garre from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield in July 2016.

The new Premier League champions could have faced a transfer ban if a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) had gone against them.

Fifa had already dismissed Velez's complaint that City had broken regulations when they signed Garre.

Cas has now upheld that verdict after a hearing took place last year.

A statement from CAS said: "The appeal by Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield is dismissed and, accordingly, the challenged decision is confirmed."

Velez argued that City had not abided by Fifa rules on international transfers when they signed Garre, then 16, and that the world governing body's regulations only allow players under the age of 18 to move between clubs in different countries if both are in the European Union.

But City countered that Garre, who has since appeared for the club three times in the EFL Trophy, held an Italian passport and was therefore entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

Fifa's rules on the transfer of under-18s

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