Manchester City have been cleared of wrong doing in the case of Benjamin Garre according to reports. Garry is a young Argentinian midfield prospect currently at the CFA ( City football academy). Man City were taken to court by Garre’s former club Velez Sarsfield, a team from Argentina. Velez accused Manchester City of flouting transfer rules when they signed Garre back in 2016. They claimed that Man City acted unethically when they approached him when he was 15 years old, then signing him a few days later on his 16th birthday. FIFA upheld City’s argument that Garre was free to join them on his 16th birthday, since he holds an Italian passport. However, Velez Sarsfield claimed that the rule only applies to players in Europe. Players under the age of 18 cannot move from club to club outside of Europe. FIFA did ratify the transfer and Man City always felt that they abided by the rules when it comes to singing players under the age of 18.
Velez Sarsfield took Man City to court last July over the potential violation. A verdict was supposed to be reached last fall. However, due to the extreme circumstances of the case, the verdict was delayed.
Manchester City were potentially facing a two year transfer ban if found guilty of breaching the rules in signing the player. This does clear the way for Manchester City to continue with their summer transfer plans, which if the reports are true, it will very active summer for them. Reportedly, Pep Guardiola has been handed a £200 million spending budget to improve the depth of the squad. Pep Guardiola wants to add to his success of this year into next year, and he has been active in his persistence of wanting to improve the squad in the summer.
Velez Sarsfield can appeal the decision, but there has been no comment at this time from the Argentinian club.