Lawyers representing Chelsea are said to begin he club’s appeal against their FIFA ban prohibiting them from signing any players during two transfer windows.
Last month, Chelsea were handed down the punishment by FIFA for breaching the regulations regarding the signing of players under 18 from overseas. They were also given a £460,000 fine and this will also be appealed.
Chelsea are aggrieved, reports SkySports that FIFA have refused to put the ban on ice during the appeal process, the result of which will not be announced until later in the month. This is inconsistent, in the view of the Stamford Bridge team, with the treatment of other clubs who have faced similar punishments, and who were allowed to continue to do business whilst the appeal was being heard.
There is recent precedence for the action against Chelsea. In 2016 Real Madrid and Atlético received similar bans for infringing the rules over the signing of young players, and Barcelona were also sanctioned as well.
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