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Chelsea might have to start preparing for next season’s football without signing new players as Chelsea’s appeal against the impending two-window transfer ban has been rejected by FIFA.
FIFA found Chelsea guilty of breaching rules over the signings of foreign minors and slapped the Blues with a transfer ban for two windows. Chelsea launched an appeal last month in the hope that the punishment would get overturned, reduced or at least delayed, but FIFA has now confirmed that the decision won’t be overturned.
The best Chelsea can do is to challenge the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport so that the club can make some signings ahead of the summer transfer window.
Chelsea Football Club has today released an official statement via its official website.
It reads: “Chelsea FC has today received the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee.
“The Club notes that the FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. However, the Club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned.
“Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”
Maurizio Sarri was asked in his press conference today his plans for next season, but the Blues boss admits that the transfer ban might hamper his side from going into the market to strengthen the team.
Sarri told the media: “We have spoken about pre-season but we don’t talk about the market because we don’t know if we will be able to buy players yet. The main target is not to win trophies but to improve players and we have done that with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and even older players like Ross Barkley this season.
“We’ve started our work – we had a lot of problems but in the end the work is going in the right direction.”