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English FA take FIFA to court over Chelsea transfer ban, fines

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Appeal to be heard in June

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After Chelsea successfully challenged and beat FIFA on appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and got our two-window transfer ban cut in half, The FA are taking similar steps and appealing their own punishment from football’s governing body.

When Chelsea were slapped with the transfer ban for violating rules about the international transfers of players under the age of 18, The FA themselves were fined as well for not only allowing those violations to happen, but not having the correct rules in place. After all, neither Chelsea nor The FA saw anything wrong with the transfers that FIFA later flagged, so it only made sense that the immediate body of oversight would be at fault, too.

Of course, The FA are now disputing that fact, and will have their appeal heard by the Court on June 26 — assuming such hearings will go ahead given the whole pandemic situation that’s still happening.