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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.
Due to the ban, Chelsea haven’t been able to make any signings this summer, and the Blues won’t make any signings in the January transfer window.
Chelsea’s appeal to FIFA regarding the ban was thrown out, but in June the club submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have the ban thrown out or the sentence reduced.
Chelsea are waiting for CAS to set an appeal date, but CAS released their latest list of hearings this week, but once again Chelsea were not on it.
According to football.london, they were told last month by CAS that: “Hearing dates are not fixed in any particular order. They are set once the procedure is ready to be heard and according to the availability of the parties and arbitrators involved.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has since moved on and is preparing the team for the new season. Lampard has admitted he’s okay with the current Chelsea squad.
“It is a waste of time to think about what could have been or should have been,” Lampard said during Chelsea’s pre-season in Japan.
“My job is to have absolute belief in the players and the week’s training has started to give me that because I can see quality and attitude.
“When you know where you’re at, it hones in what is important which is the club being together, the staff, fans, everybody giving everything to improve.
“With the squad we have this season we can be really competitive.
“It helps my focus. The blessing in disguise is that we don’t have a stressful start of August with the transfer window.”