This summer is going to be so much fun…
Earlier this year, Chelsea were hit with a two-window transfer ban from FIFA, which (at the moment) means that the club cannot register any new players until January 2021 at the earliest.
Chelsea appealed to the world’s governing body in the hope for the ban to be suspended (or ‘frozen’ as everyone is calling it) for the summer so that it could sign players that were (very much still are) needed to improve the depth and quality of the overall squad.
Just like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Chelsea hoped FIFA would give them a suspension like the La Liga sides mentioned. FIFA however, decided to not do that by not freezing the ban on appeal.
Which lead us to the next (& final step) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Chelsea initially responded to the outcome of the hearing and findings from the FIFA Appeals Committee by declaring that they would take the case to CAS and hopeful for a positive resolution.
It was supposedly confirmed at first that the appeal had be sent to CAS. It was then supposedly revealed that the appeal had be sent but Chelsea did not specifically ask for the ban to be frozen and would allow CAS to decide that on their own volition.
As of today however… all of that seems to be rubbish.
Not only have the club not asked about a freeze on the current ban, they haven’t appealed the ban to CAS to begin with.
When contacting CAS, Football London were told that CAS had still not received any appeal from Chelsea.
“At the time of writing [May 21], the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has not received an appeal from Chelsea FC.”– Statement from The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
So what does this mean? Well, it appears that the club could quite possibly now be entertaining the thought of simply just accepting the ban and moving on to next season with the hope of the ‘loan army’ and youth prospects to help ease the burden the current issues within the first-team squad.
If this is the case, it’s a bold (& potentially very risky) move by the west London side, considering the constant speculation around the future of current head coach Maurizio Sarri and the expected departure of star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
With all of this considered, I only have one question.
If the club wasn’t confident of winning the case against FIFA and/or CAS to begin with, what was the point of going this far into the appeal process then? A clear waste of everyone’s time it appears.
One thing after another with this club right now…