Chelsea appeal FIFA transfer ban to CAS

Ross Houston
June 9, 2019

Chelsea have made an official appeal against their two-window Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Chelsea had initially appealed against Fifa's ban in April and Fifa's Appeal Committee partially upheld the appeal, allowing the London club to register youth players during the period.

According to The Mirror report, Chelsea, were axed in February by world football's arbiters, FIFA, as punishment for the transfer of youngsters from foreign countries.

The ban prohibits Chelsea from signing players during this summer's window - which closes on August 8 - and in January 2020. They were also fined 600,000 Swiss francs (S$825,160).

CAS confirmed the appeal in a statement released on Friday.

January wing signing Christian Pulisic can be registered by the club for next season as he is a Blues player despite having completed this season back on loan at Dortmund.

CAS suggests its judging panel could reach a verdict without a formal hearing "based only on the parties' written submissions".

CAS haven't set a timeline to review the case, and Chelsea could have ask for their transfer ban to be delayed while their case is being heard but they have chosen not to do that.

"It is not possible to say at this time when the Arbitral Award will be issued", the statement added, even as CAS noted that Chelsea did not file an appeal to hold their transfer ban this summer.

Real Madrid's bid to sign the Blues' Belgium forward Eden Hazard for a fee of about £88m is expected to be concluded in a matter of days.

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