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CHELSEA have slammed Fifa for "choosing to treat Manchester City entirely differently" amid the successful appeal of their transfer ban . Their fury centred around City stretching out their own underage signing breaches so that they were judged under the 2019 version of Fifa regulations
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Chelsea have launched an attack on FIFA following their successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over a transfer ban.
FIFA had initially banned the Blues from signing players for two transfer windows, meaning that they would not be able to sign players during the entire 2019-20 season.
The Stamford Bridge side, however, appealed to CAS, who halved the suspension on Friday, meaning that Chelsea can eye transfer targets as soon as January.
However, the Blues are not impressed by the way their case has been handled, launched a statement via their official website branding FIFA’s handling of the matter “deeply unsatisfactory”, citing the more severe punishment they were given in comparison to Premier League rivals Manchester City, who were instead fined £315,000 ($414,000) and not given any transfer ban.
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Chelsea can sign players in January after having their Fifa transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Blues were given a two-window ban by Fifa in February for breaching rules on signing young players. Cas halved the ban to one window, which was served
Chelsea say Fifa treated them more harshly than Premier League rivals Manchester City after their transfer ban is reduced on appeal. " Fifa chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense ," read a Chelsea statement.
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It reads: “Chelsea is grateful to the CAS for the diligent approach that it gave this matter. The club has not yet received the written reasons for CAS’s decision but wishes to make the following clear:
“1. The approach taken by FIFA to this case has been deeply unsatisfactory, not least as FIFA chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense to Chelsea.
“2. FIFA accused Chelsea of having breached Article 19 of the FIFA regulations in relation to 27 players, covering the period from 2009 onwards. Of those, 16 players were registered by Chelsea in exactly the same way as other Premier League clubs registered players at the time. Furthermore, Chelsea sought clarification from the Premier League in 2009 about whether it needed to apply for permission to register players in this category. The FA subsequently liaised with FIFA and it was confirmed to Chelsea that players in this category were entitled to register and that no special application was required (and in fact no special application process existed). Accordingly, the fact that FIFA brought charges against Chelsea for this category of player was perverse. We are grateful that this appears to have been corrected by the CAS.
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Lawyers representing Chelsea started their appeal on Thursday against the club's transfer ban for breaking FIFA rules over the signing of foreign The hearing is due to start at 8am - with no decision expected until later this month. So far, FIFA has refused to freeze the transfer ban during the appeal
“3. In relation to the remaining 11 players, Chelsea’s position was as follows:
“a. Six players qualified for one of the exceptions set out in the FIFA regulations. As a consequence, to the extent there was any breach in relation to these players, the breaches were of a procedural nature only.
“b. With respect to the remaining five players, FIFA’s position was that it “deemed” these players to have registered prior to any application for registration being made. Chelsea maintains, as was held by CAS in the Real Madrid case, that the FIFA regulations do not cover a concept of “deemed registrations” and accordingly it is not open to FIFA to “deem” that registrations were made before they were in fact made.
“4. Chelsea respects the importance of the work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation. However, if FIFA continues to impose inconsistent and unequal sanctions on clubs then it will not only undermine the very purpose of the regulations, but it will also bring into doubt the game’s confidence in FIFA being able to appropriately regulate this important area.”
Lampard: Chelsea won't abandon youth movement after transfer ban reversal – but are ready to enter market
The Blues manager has assured fans that he will stick to his principles even with money to spend in the transfer windowYoungsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have all broken through this season, with Chelsea having turned to academy products after a two-window transfer ban was imposed on them by FIFA in February.
The Blues could now take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after saying in March they were "astonished" the sentence was not delayed.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is set to break the bank in January after the transfer ban was liftedCredit: AFP - Getty. But now the Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that Fifa punished Chelsea too severely and that a one window ban - served this summer - was sufficient.
Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, three points behind third-place Man City and 14 behind table-topping Liverpool.
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