MANCHESTER CITY have been cleared of ANY misconduct over the controversial signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garre. The newly-crowned Prem champi
MANCHESTER CITY have been cleared of ANY misconduct over the controversial signing of Argentine teenager Benjamin Garre.
The newly-crowned Prem champions were accused of illegally landing the winger by former club Velez Sarsfield.
PA:Empics Sport Man City will face no sanction over the signing of Benjamin Garre
When Fifa found in City’s favour, agreeing that the Etihad club were free to sign him because he had an Italian passport and was out of contract, Velez appealed to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Velez accused Fifa of allowing City to break their own rules and pushed CAS to rule that City deserved a potential transfer ban.
But after a process which began last July and was finally completed yesterday, it is understood that CAS has refused to uphold the Velez case and found in City’s favour.
That clears the way for the club to hand Pep Guardiola another huge summer transfer kitty as he bids to strengthen the Prem’s dominant club and finally make the Champions league breakthrough City’s Abu Dhabi owners are desperate to achieve.
PA:Empics Sport Garre is seen as a stars of the future having already broken into City’s Under-23 squad
City are ready to hand Guardiola another £200m this summer with the Catalan supremo aiming to add two or three players to the squad which has won the Prem with five games to spare.
And while City had been relaxed in the build-up to the final decision – CAS have tended not to rule against Fifa interpretation of their own rulebook – the judgement will be a relief.
Velez originally complained about the capture of Garre, now 17.