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Manchester City Could Be In Hot Water With FIFA Over Reported Transfer Of A Minor

Manchester City have had the best start to the new Premier League season with a 100% record over the first five games. Now however, there is a cloud on the horizon, one that has already brought trouble to Barcelona, Atletico Mardid and Real Madrid.

It is being reported, via the Telegraph, that Argentine side Vélez Sarsfield have made an official complaint to FIFA over City’s pursuit and signing of 16-year-old Benjamín Garré.

It is being claimed that the Premier League leaders approached the player when he was only 15 and waited until he turned 16 before signing him in July. Having been at the club since he was 11, Vélez insist that a move across the world to Manchester, away from his family, was not in his best interests, with Vélez’s president, Raul Gámez, claiming,

“Never have I experienced such an immoral act.”

FIFA have clear and strict regulations over the transfer of players under the age of 18, with severe penalties for clubs who are found to be in breach of these rules, as Spain’s big three of Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid have learned.

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Manchester City now face similar investigations by FIFA, and if found guilty will likely face penalties that potentially include fines and transfer bans.

City have since denied any wrongdoing, claiming that since Garré holds an Italian passport the club were within their right to pursue the player. FIFA permits the transfer of minors over the age of 16 if they hold European citizenship and are transferring within Europe.

It seems that City, therefore, were within their rights to sign the promising youngster, however it is being claimed by Vélez that the Premier League side have overstepped the mark, both legally and morally.

As of yet, FIFA have yet to respond to the allegations made by the Argentine side. However, based on the rulings against the La Liga sides, the footballing body is certainly not afraid to deliver sanctions if violation of the rules is confirmed.

Interesting times ahead for the Premier League leaders.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.