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Manchester City confident they have avoided TWO-window transfer ban

Manchester City confident they have avoided TWO-window transfer ban

The Argentine club had claimed that the new Premier League champions, who were given a ban from signing certain academy players by the league past year, broke Federation Internationale de Football Association rules when they signed teenager Benjamin Garre in 2016.

Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled in City's favour over the matter but Velez took their complaint to Lausanne-based CAS, where the case was heard last summer.

Federation Internationale de Football Association ratified the transfer and upheld City's argument that their capture of Garre, who is now playing in City's Under-23 side, was not a breach of the regulations because he holds an Italian passport.

After claiming City acted unethically by approaching Garre when he was still only 15, Velez then alleged rules were broken when he was signed after his 16th birthday. City argued that Garre held an Italian passport and was entitled to move after his 16th birthday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association allow transfers of minors between clubs in the European Union and the initial complaint was dismissed as Garre has an Italian passport.

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

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been subjected to transfer embargoes in recent years after being found guilty of breaching rules regarding the signing of worldwide players younger than 18.

"We're angry because City came after our player, we said no and they took him anyway", declared Velez club secretary Bernardo Bertelloni past year. If they are disciplined by CAS, they will most likely appeal and delay the implementation of the ban.

The Telegraph's report reads: "Fifa had upheld City's argument that Garre was free to join them after his 16th birthday because he holds an Italian passport but Velez alleged that Federation Internationale de Football Association rules only allow players under 18 to move between clubs in European countries".

The ban was for two years, although the second year, set to begin on June 30, 2018, will be suspended for three years.