Chelsea are to appeal FIFA’s transfer ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport today, and it seems they can ask for a fast-track hearing so that they can try to get it reduced to a ban for just one transfer window.
The Telegraph reported it as: Fifa found the Premier League pacesetters guilty of inducing teenager Gael Kakuta to breach his contract with Lens two years ago and banned them from signing any new players in the next two transfer windows.
Chelsea will lodge their full appeal with CAS and are expected to request a ‘fast-track’ hearing, to which Fifa would also have to agree to.
Once the club has notified CAS of its intention to appeal, which must be done by tomorrow, they have a further 10 days to lodge the papers with them.
A one-window ban is unlikely to hurt Chelsea too much as they have carried out little business in January during previous seasons.
I don’t suppose they would be appealing unless they believed they had enough evidence to get it overturned or reduced. Watch this space!