Chelsea free to wheel and deal

by Neil Sherwin

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has temporarily suspended the transfer embargo placed on Chelsea following a succesful appeal by the Stamford Bridge club.

The ban was initially imposed by FIFA after Chelsea were found guilty of improper dealings when signing Gaël Kakuta from Lens.

”The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has granted the request for a stay filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd and Mr Gaël Kakuta in relation to the decision taken by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber on 27 August 2009,” said Cas in a statement.

”The FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber imposed, inter alia, a restriction of four months’ ineligibility on Mr Gaël Kakuta, and Chelsea Football Club Ltd was banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the next two complete, consecutive registration periods.

“Such sanctions are now stayed until the CAS renders its final decision in this matter.”

The club can now sign players in January and continue to do so until a final decision on the matter has been made by Cas, though no date has been set for an outcome.

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Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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1 Response

  1. Kevin Coleman Kevin Coleman says:

    Expected, but I don’t expect them to go buying players left right and centre in January. Perhaps a few young players to lower the average age, but nothing too big.

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