Will the ban be overturned? Or will the Blues have to go to CAS?
In news that has just broken, we have found out that the FIFA Appeal Committee has arranged a hearing on April 11th, in relation to Chelsea’s current one-year transfer ban that was imposed by FIFA back on February 22nd.
“A hearing has been arranged relating to Chelsea’s transfer ban with the FIFA Appeal Committee for April 11. Chelsea are trying to freeze the ban, at least, so they can sign players this summer.”
The appeal hearing also happens to fall on the same day that Chelsea travels to the Czech Republic to face Slavia Prague in the 1st leg of their UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final. To say that day is a big day for the club is an understatement.
The world football’s governing body 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.
If the appeal is unsuccessful, Chelsea can approach the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) for an interim ruling, which would halt the sanction pending the appeal to FIFA.
CAS themselves have said that Chelsea has not applied for such a provisional measure at this moment in time.
Chelsea was banned from registering new players until the summer of 2020 (ruling out the summer 2019 and winter 2020 windows), for allegedly breaking rules on the signings of minors (29 cases out of the 92 that was investigated) from abroad, but the club has denied any wrongdoing.
Once we have more on this breaking story, we will let you know.