Chelsea appeal Fifa transfer ban with CAS

FIFA had issued the ban as punishment for Chelsea's transfer of young foreign players

FIFA had issued the ban as punishment for Chelsea's transfer of young foreign players

English Premier League side Chelsea have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a transfer ban imposed by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Chelsea originally appealed to FIFA to have the ban overturned, but world football's governing body rejected their appeal in terms of them being able to register senior players.

In addition, Chelsea can not sign new players this window, with Eden Hazard closing in on a switch to Real Madrid after both clubs agreed a fee.

As such, the Stamford Bridge outfit have now turned to CAS to overturn the ban, though no request has been made to potentially delay the suspension, suggesting that either way the Blues will be unable to sign players this summer.

They were also fined over £460,000 for the breach of regulations, which related to the recruitment of 29 players aged under 18.

In May, FIFA dismissed Chelsea's appeal, but the Europa League winners have formally taken their case to the CAS.

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Chelsea have not asked for the ban to be lifted while Cas considers its decision.

"It is not possible to say at this time when the Arbitral Award will be issued", CAS said in their statement.

The chances of the appeal being heard before the close of the current transfer window are slim given the normal CAS timetable.

Real Madrid's bid to sign the Blues' Belgium forward Eden Hazard for a fee of about £88m is expected to be concluded in a matter of days.

But the Lausanne-based Court has now confirmed they have received Chelsea's official notification of an appeal.

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