FA takes FIFA to court over Chelsea transfer ban


The Football Association (FA) has taken FIFA to court over Chelsea’s transfer embargo and the case will be heard by next month.

The FA are challenging the FIFA over the accusation that there was mismanagement in the registration of players under the age of 18 .

The case will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport precisely on the 26th of June.

“The FA has cooperated fully with FIFA’s investigation. As this is an ongoing legal process it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time,” an FA spokesperson said as reported by ESPN.

In February 2019, the blues were sanctioned for breaching 150 regulations as regards to the transfer and registration of 69 players under the age of 18 over a couple of league campaigns.

The FA were also found guilty of breaking rules regarding the registration of those same players and were “given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.”

Both parties were fined with Chelsea banned from signing players for two consecutive transfer windows.

However, Chelsea had that sanction reduced to one window on appeal in December, and their original fine of £460,000 was reduced to £230,000.

The FA also had their fine reduced from £421,000 to £290,000 on an initial appeal and which they are now looking to appeal even further.

At the time, the FA revealed they would “continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which were raised by this case.”

According to reports, Chelsea and the FA believe that lack of clarity in FIFA’s guidelines contributed to inadvertent rule breaches.


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