Chelsea Make One Last Attempt To Overturn Transfer Ban. Case Taken To CAS

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Chelsea have been prevented from signing new players for two transfer windows.

The Blues had been banned by FIFA from signing new players for two transfer windows for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors.

FIFA found Chelsea guilty of breaching article 19 of FIFA’s regulations with regards to the transfer of 29 minor players and article 18 regarding two further minors.

FIFA also issued Chelsea FIFA with a £460,000 fine.

Chelsea have appealed the ban to FIFA to no avail, and now the club has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the transfer ban issued by FIFA.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd (CFC) against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA),” read a statement.

CAS have also confirmed that Chelsea have lodged an appeal against the transfer ban imposed by FIFA.

“The appeal is directed against the FIFA Appeal Committee decision dated 11 April 2019 in which CFC was declared liable for violations of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods,” the CAS statement read.

Back in March, Chelsea denied any wrongdoing, insist they are being treated unfairly compared to other European clubs and could ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to grant an interim ruling.

“Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the Fifa appeal committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process,” read a club statement.

“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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