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Chelsea Transfer Ban: FIFA Confirm April 11 As Date For Appeal Hearing

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World football’s governing body FIFA, says the Premier League club have received written reasons from its disciplinary panel for the one-year ban, and why a request to freeze the ban during the appeal process was rejected.Chelsea can approach the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for an interim ruling halting the sanction pending the appeal to Fifa. Meanwhile, CAS says Chelsea has not applied for such a provisional measure. Fifa banned Chelsea in February from registering new players for two transfer periods – after this season and in January 2020 – for breaking rules protecting teenage players. The club denies any wrongdoing. Fifa says Chelsea violated rules in 29 cases, and imposed a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs (£460,300). Several Spanish clubs have had similar bans frozen during the appeals process, allowing them to continue signing players, and Chelsea expected to be afforded similar treatment.After Fifa refused to freeze Chelsea’s transfer ban, a statement from the club read: “Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the Fifa Appeal Committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.”The club acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and has already notified Fifa of its intention to appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision and sanction. As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the Club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect. So far as the Club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by Fifa, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed. In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.”Photo Credit: Getty

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