Manchester City avoid transfer ban over tapping up allegations

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions just a matter of days ago, but there were fears that the joy would swiftly turn into disappointment.

The North-West outfit were in danger of being hit with a two-year transfer ban due to the manner in which they signed Argentinean youngster Benjamin Garre.

According to Sky Sports News, Garre was signed from Velez Sarsfield a few days after his 16th birthday, but the club alleged that City approached the teenager when he was 15 years old.

Argentine officials also claimed that the Premier League giants were in breach of FIFA rules, which state that players under the age of 18 are not permitted to leave their home country unless the footballers’ parents move for reasons unrelated to football.

In response, City reportedly claimed that they did not break any rules due to the fact that Garre holds an Italian passport, which means that he is eligible to move countries at the age of 16.

FIFA backed the new English champions, but Velez took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Now, according to Sky Sports News, CAS has ruled in favour of City, meaning that the club will be free to spend in the next two transfer windows.

City fans have been tweeting their reactions to reports that manager Pep Guardiola is due to be given more than £100m to spend on new signings.