Chelsea confirm their next move after appeal against transfer ban fails

Chelsea Transfer Ban FIFA decide Blues' fate and make official statement on transfer ban

Chelsea Transfer Ban FIFA decide Blues' fate and make official statement on transfer ban

The club quickly signalled an intention to appeal but were informed by Federation Internationale de Football Association the two-window ban would not be delayed while a further ruling was made - a move Chelsea were "astonished" by.

The club had appealed against FIFA's decision to hand them a transfer ban.

Despite their request for the transfer ban to be frozen while proceedings were ongoing being rejected, Fifa's quick announcement of their verdict gives Chelsea ample time to go through the Cas before the next transfer window opens. However, Chelsea are free to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who can freeze their ban for at least the summer transfer window.

Sky Sports (UK), reported that Chelsea could still buy players but would not be able to register them until the summer of 2020 unless they are under the age of 16. That Pulisic was signed as a preventive measure in the case of a ban is a ray of light for Hazard, but Chelsea will be considerably less keen to part with their star player now that an experienced substitute will not be forthcoming.

Chelsea responded to FIFA's decision by saying they meant to lodge the transfer ban with CAS. The club have confirmed they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"The FIFA appeal committee has made a decision to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea", FIFA said in a statement. In the committee´s opinion, imposing a ban on registering each and every minor would not be proportionate to the offence committed.

Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs (£460,000) and sanctioned in February in relation to 29 cases where regulations relating to the worldwide transfer and registration of players under the age of 18 were breached.

Cross-border transfers of players aged under 18 are banned unless there are specific, non-football reasons for the player moving to the relevant country.

Chelsea successfully defended themselves in 63 of these cases at a disciplinary committee but were found guilty of 29 illegal transfers.

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