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FIFA deny Chelsea ‘s transfer appeal

The Blues have been banned from registering new players until January 2020 for breaking rules over the signing of foreign under-18 players.

The Premier League club deny any wrongdoing and have appealed against the decision.

But Fifa says it has denied measures which would see the transfer ban frozen during the appeal process.
Chelsea were charged after Fifa said it found breaches in 29 cases of 92 investigated, including that of striker Bertrand Traore, now at Lyon.

The Blues have also been fined £460,000, while the Football Association has been fined £390,000.
In previous cases, involving Spanish clubs, Fifa has relaxed the measures so transfer bans were not enforced during the appeal process.

“Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the Fifa appeal committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process,” read a statement.

“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.”

The ban, which covers two transfer windows, does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to the club’s women’s and futsal teams.



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