Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal confirmed by CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that Chelsea have appealed their two-window transfer ban.

FIFA imposed the ban on the Premier League club after they were found to have broken rules regarding the registering of young players.

Chelsea originally appealed to FIFA to have the ban overturned, but world football’s governing body rejected their appeal in terms of them being able to register senior players.

The Blues have now turned to CAS, who could overturn the ban or delay it while they gather all the evidence required.

In a statement released on Friday, CAS said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd (CFC) against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (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, fined CHF 600,000, issued with a reprimand and warned on its future conduct.

“Generally speaking, CAS appeal arbitration procedures involve an exchange of written submissions between the parties while a Panel of CAS arbitrators is being convened to hear the appeal. Once the panel has been formally constituted it issues procedural directions, including, inter alia, with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, if one is held (a CAS panel may also issue a decision based only on the parties’ written submissions), the panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.

“It is not possible to say at this time when the Arbitral Award will be issued.”

Should Chelsea’s appeal fail, then they will be unable to sign any player until the summer of 2020.

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