Chelsea transfer ban lifted as they can sign players in the January transfers amid Sancho links
Chelsea are free to sign players in January after their appeal against a transfer ban imposed by FIFA was reduced by half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Blues were given a two-window ban by Fifa in February for breaching rules on signing young players.
Cas halved the ban to one window, which was served during the summer, and fined the Premier League club 300,000 Swiss francs (£230,000).
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to make a decision on whether Blues boss Frank Lampard will be able to buy players in the January transfer window.
Chelsea transfer ban lifted
The Blues have challenged verdicts by FIFA’s disciplinary and appeal committees which stated that they had violated rules protecting minors from trafficking on 150 occasions. Those cases involved about 70 players.
Chelsea have already served half of their one-year ban on registering new players during the summer window.
Chelsea also broke rules prohibiting third-party influence on players. FIFA imposed a fine of £467,000 but the club has denied wrongdoing.
The timeline of this transfer of minors’ case is similar to Barcelona’s appeal in 2014 when CAS upheld a transfer ban on December 30, almost four weeks after a hearing.
Lampard is hopeful he will be able to strengthen his squad next month after being limited to signing Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal from Real Madrid last summer and adding Christian Pulisic, who signed in January.
Chelsea were expected to find out the result of their appeal by mid-December, but asked when they would hear in his press conference on Tuesday, manager Lampard said: ‘I haven’t heard anything more, very soon I believe. Days.’
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