Fifa hit Chelsea with transfer ban

by Neil Sherwin

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Chelsea have been banned from signing or registering players until January 2011 after being found guilty of encouraging former Lens player Gael Kakuta to break his contract in 2007.

Governing body Fifa’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) came to the decision today, saying that the club were deemed to have broken Article 17 paragraphs three and four of Fifa’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

“The DRC found that the player had indeed breach(ed) a contract signed with the French club,” said Fifa in a statement.

“Equally, the DRC deemed it to be established that the English club induced the player to such breach.

“Chelsea is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the two next entire and consecutive registration periods following the notification of the present decision.

“Furthermore, the club, Chelsea, have to pay Lens training compensation in the amount of EUR 130,000.”

Kakuta has also been banned from playing for four months.

In his first year at Stamford Bridge, the 18 year old attacking player scored 12 goals in 24 games for the academy side and was voted the club’s scholar of the year.

Chelsea can appeal the decision directly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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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. Smynty says:

    As a Chelsea fan, I was gutted by this news, but in hindsight it aint really that much of a disaster. Chelsea knew this was coming, considering they wrapped up the contracts of most of their players. It is now a chance to allow our star players to have a final glory season, then next season work our yougsters into the set-up. We have so much talent lyin in wait, that i hope are given their fair and due chance. Its easy to criticise Chelsea for buying success, but this may be our chance to finally develop a team from our youths, and become a more credible team, like United and Arsenal.

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