Chelsea won't sign new players this summer as CAS confirms transfer ban appeal

Chelsea won't sign new players this summer as CAS confirms transfer ban appeal

- Chelsea have appealed FIFA's transfer sanctions to CAS

- The Blues have not registered an appeal to get transfer ban frozen this summer

- Chelsea were banned for breaking rules in relation to signing non-EU youngster

Chelsea have tabled an official appeal against FIFA’s two-window transfer ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

According to The Mirror report, Chelsea, were axed in February by world football's arbiters, FIFA, as punishment for the transfer of youngsters from foreign countries.

And the ban will prevent Chelsea from signing players during the ongoing summer transfer window - which closes on August 8 - and the winter window in January 2020.

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The Blues were also handed over £460,000 fine for violating agreed guidelines, which concerns the recruitment of 29 players under the age of 18.

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

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd (CFC) against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)," the statement read in part.

A panel of arbitrators will now engage in long and careful consideration of the appeal but CAS insists "it is not possible to say at this time" when a decision will made over the issue.

"The appeal is directed against the FIFA Appeal Committee decision dated 11 April 2019 in which CFC was declared liable for violations of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods," continued the statement.

"Following the hearing, if one is held (a CAS panel may also issue a decision based only on the parties' written submissions), the panel deliberates and then issues its decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.

"It is not possible to say at this time when the Arbitral Award will be issued,” the statement added, even as CAS noted that Chelsea did not file an appeal to hold their transfer ban this summer.

"For a challenged decision to be stayed during the CAS proceedings, a specific request to this effect must be made.

"At the time of writing [June 7], a request has not been filed in the Chelsea/FIFA matter. Accordingly, the FIFA decision remains in force,” CAS was quoted as saying by Football.London.

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

Christian Pulisic, who spent the second half of the last campaign on loan with Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund, will be the only new arrival at Chelsea following a £58m switch back in January.

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Chelsea are now banking on the return of loan players, with the likes of striker Tammy Abraham from Aston Villa alongside Mason Mount ahead of pre-season, before the club make a decision over his future.

However, there are still uncertainty surrounding the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Michy Batshuayi and Victor Moses, who spent last campaign on loan, with Alvaro Morata set to join Atletico Madrid on a permanent switch.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chelsea have suffered a setback after their appeal against FIFA's two-window transfer ban from signing players was rejected by the world football governing body.

According to a BBC report, the only reprieve for Chelsea from FIFA is that they can sign under-16 players within the UK during the suspension period.

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