CHELSEA’S REQUEST TO FREEZE TRANSFER BAN DURING APPEAL REJECTED BY FIFA

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FIFA has denied Chelsea’s request to freeze the transfer ban on the club while Chelsea appeal against the ban which means the club cannot register any new players this summer.

FIFA imposed a two-window ban on Chelsea after accusing the club of breaching regulations in relation to the signing of youth players. The Blues were also fined more than £460,000.

Chelsea were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

Chelsea appealed the ban this week and had hoped to sign players this summer while the lengthy appeal process takes place.

The Blues are now expected ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to grant an interim ruling, which would allow players to be signed in the off season.

In previous similar cases involving top Spanish clubs, FIFA allowed the clubs to register new players during the appeal process.

Chelsea have released a statement saying the club is astonished by the FIFA Appeal Committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process. Chelsea is unhappy that the club is being treated differently in comparison to other European clubs like Barcelona who were allowed to register new players during the appeal process.

The statement from Chelsea: “Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the FIFA Appeal Committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.

“The club acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and has already notified FIFA of its intention to appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision and sanction. As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the Club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect.

“So far as the Club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed. In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.

“We will consider our next steps once we have received the written reasons for this decision from FIFA. The Club notes the Appeal Committee’s statement that it has the right to appeal to CAS. In the meantime the Club will continue to fully cooperate with the proceedings.”

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