Chelsea free to sign players after appeal


Chelsea free to sign players after appeal
Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v West Ham United - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 30, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard arrives at the stadium before the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

In Summary

  • Chelsea had their first appeal against the sanction thrown out by FIFA's appeal committee in April, when it was criticised for "inexcusable" breaches of the regulations
  • But the club made a further appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month, who accepted submissions about the case from the club as well as FIFA

Chelsea are free to sign players in January after their appeal against a transfer ban imposed by FIFA was reduced by half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA handed down a two-window transfer ban to Chelsea in February this year after they were found the club guilty of breaching regulations on player transfers specifically regarding bringing in U18s and ‘third-party influence’.

The club had their first appeal against the sanction thrown out by FIFA’s appeal committee in April, when it was criticised for “inexcusable” breaches of the regulations.

But Chelsea made a further appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month, who accepted submissions about the case from the club as well as FIFA.

Despite the transfer ban, Mateo Kovacic joined the club from Real Madrid for Sh5.3b because of a loophole in FIFA’s regulations which allowed the transfer as Chelsea already held his registration after his season-long loan from the previous season.

Despite also losing star player Eden Hazard in the summer, Chelsea started the season well under new head coach Frank Lampard who has used the punishment to help bring through young players.

They sit in fourth in the Premier League table after 15 games and will be boosted by their ability to strengthen their squad in January.

Chelsea’s fine has also been halved from Sh61.4m to Sh30.7m.

-Report by skysports

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