Chelsea lose transfer ban appeal - club will take decision to CAS

8 May 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Chelsea continue the legal fight against the transfer ban they have been sentenced. Pictured is Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Watford FC at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are very disappointed with the decision by the FIFA Appeal Committee.

Manager Sarri says Chelsea need to strengthen the squad in order to compete. The Italian manager sees potential in some of the 45 players out on loan.

Kasper Kronenberg kk@offthepitch.com

Today Chelsea suffered a blow to their preparations for the next season as the FIFA Appeal Committee decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to sanction the club with a ban on registering new players. This ban was at both national and international level for the next two transfer windows.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee believes that Chelsea’s wrongdoing consisted in not respecting the prohibition from internationally transferring or registering for the first time foreign minor players. In the committee´s opinion, imposing a ban on registering each and every minor would not be proportionate to the offence committed,” the FIFA Appeal Committee wrote in a statement on the FIFA website.

The statement also said that the FIFA Appeal Committee decided that, as far as youth categories are concerned, the ban shall not cover the registration of minor players under the age of 16 who do not fall under the scope of article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, which refers to international transfers and first registrations of foreign minor players.

Refutes the findings

“Additionally, the FIFA Appeal Committee confirmed the fine of CHF 600,000. The decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee was notified today,” the statement said.

Later on, Chelsea FC released a statement saying that: “The Club notes that the FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. However, the Club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned.”

It's very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market

The London club underlined that they “…categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”

According to the BBC, Chelsea have a number of high-profile players out on loan that they can call on, including Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Victor Moses (Fenerbahce), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Kenedy (Newcastle), Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan) and Kurt Zouma (Everton).

No names now

Back in February, Chelsea was banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty by FIFA of breaching rules about signing minors. The Premier League club was also fined more than £460,000.

There are two or three players who have been out on loan this season who are interesting.

The west London club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.
The ban means that Chelsea cannot sign current loan star players Kovacic or Higuain permanently at this stage.

After the confirmation of the transfer ban, the BBC quoted Chelsea’s Italian manager, Maurizio Sarri, as saying:“It's very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market."

Sarri also said that the club need to buy two players this summer, "…otherwise it's very difficult to improve immediately."

However,  the Italian also recognises some potential in the younger players who are currently out on loan.

"There are two or three players who have been out on loan this season who are interesting. I do not want to name names now. But the level they have been playing at must be considered,” Sarri said according to the BBC.