Chelsea have lost their appeal made to Federation of International Football Associations in order to get their two transfer window ban overturned.
The London-based club was hit with a transfer ban after it was found breaching regulations of signing players under the age of 18 years.
FIFA today released the following statement after Chelsea’s appeal.
The statement from the international organization read “The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to sanction the club with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applied to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and did not prevent the release of players.”
The statement continued “With respect to all men’s teams, the ban on registering new players, both nationally and internationally for two registration periods, has been confirmed by the FIFA Appeal Committee, with the following exception:
The FIFA Appeal Committee believes that Chelsea’s wrongdoing consisted in not respecting the prohibition from internationally transferring or registering for the first time foreign minor players. In the committee´s opinion, imposing a ban on registering each and every minor would not be proportionate to the offence committed.”
The statement clarified that Chelsea’s wrongdoings should not affect any players involved but fined the Blues for the offence.
“Additionally, the FIFA Appeal Committee confirmed the fine of CHF 600,000 (£454,000). The decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee was notified today,” the statement concluded.
Chelsea have hit back at FIFA saying that they would appeal to ‘Court of Arbitration for Sport’.
The club’s statement read “The Club notes that the FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. However, the Club is very disappointed that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned.”
The statement continued “Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”