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FIFA denies Chelsea request to freeze transfer ban during appeal process

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Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban for failing to meet regulations on the signature of youth players. The club appealed the decision and asked FIFA to freeze the ban during the process, as other teams who endured the same type of punishment did. Unlike those teams, the footballing board rejected Chelsea’s request.

This means that Chelsea will have to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have their request upheld as previous clubs benefited from a transfer ban freeze when put in a situation similar to the English club.

Nevertheless this can definitely be a major blow to the team. Although CAS has already had favourable rulings to clubs in the past to this kind of issue, it is up in the air whether they will be fast enough to handle the request to give Chelsea a freeze in the transfer ban that would likely take place during summer. And it is rather likely that we will have to deal with them once the transfer ban appeal with FIFA is over, as they have not been very favourable to clubs in those situations.