Chelsea appeal transfer ban imposed by FIFA

Chelsea appeal transfer ban imposed by FIFA

Chelsea appeal transfer ban imposed by FIFA

Chelsea immediately said they "categorically refute the findings" but having now appealed, they must await a decision from FIFA's appeal committee about whether there will be an easing of restrictions ahead of a hearing being convened.

Chelsea will now have to wait to discover if their one-year transfer ban will be temporarily lifted following their appeal.

FIFA said in a statement: "The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the worldwide transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

Chelsea, who were banned from two consecutive transfer windows and also fined £460,000 ($599,000), had already said they would appeal against the decision taken by FIFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee last month.

"As a general rule we do not make comparisons with previous cases".

"There is no exact timetable for the hearings and decisions taken by the Federation Internationale de Football Association appeal committee", soccer's governing body said, with the panel's chairman set to decide on freezing the punishment. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.

Chelsea have lodged their appeal against a transfer embargo imposed for breaching rules on signing young players.

Barcelona were handed a similar transfer ban in 2014 but an appeal by the LaLiga club pushed the punishment into the following year. However, the ban was thrown out by CAS when Chelsea agreed to pay training costs and £800,000 in compensation to the French club.

Federation Internationale de Football Association probed Chelsea's signing of foreign under-18 players, including the club's former forward Bertrand Traore, a Burkina Faso global who now plays for French Ligue 1 club Lyon. The appeal was eventually thrown out, with Barcelona serving the ban in 2015.

Chelsea are hopeful it will be and that they will be able to buy players in the summer, regardless of the outcome of their ban. The Madrid side did see their £719,000 fine reduced to £440,000.

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