Chelsea WIN transfer ban appeal and can now sign players in January window

Chelsea WIN transfer ban appeal and can now sign players in January window

Chelsea have won their appeal against a two-window transfer ban and can now sign players when the January window opens next month.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has halved Chelsea’s two-window ban and their financial sanction, which were handed out by FIFA after the club breached rules relating to the signing of overseas youth players.

The CAS statement read: “The sole arbitrator found that CFC did violate Articles 19.1 (related to the international transfer of minors) and 19.3 (related to the first registration of minors), but for a significantly smaller number of players (about one third of the violations found by FIFA).

“In addition, the violations of other RSTP rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea FC by FIFA.

“Accordingly, the Sole Arbitrator reduced the sanction to one single transfer ban (which Chelsea FC already served during the 2019 summer registration period), and halved the monetary sanction.”

Chelsea will now be able to sign new recruits in January, with a left-back a priority for manager Frank Lampard.

The Blues can also look at a replacement for Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid in the summer on a deal that could rise as high as £150million.

Swiss-based CAS confirmed it had ‘modified’ FIFA’s sanctions following Chelsea’s appeal, halving the length of the transfer ban and also cutting the club’s fine in two.

The CAS statement read: “The following sanctions have now been imposed by the CAS: Chelsea is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally for one entire registration period, which the club already served during the 2019 summer registration period.

“Chelsea is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of the amount of 300,000 Swiss Francs. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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