The FIFA ban on Chelsea buying any new players is to be appealed by the club, but it has been revealed by Matthieu Reeb, secretary general for the Court of Arbitration for Sport, that the result may not be decided until just before Christmas.
Reeb said: “If the appeal is fielded within the deadline of the next 21 days we should have the appeal in the next two or three weeks. Then the CAS can proceed in an extradited manner depending on whether the party has agreed to extradite the procedure,”
“But at the least we will probably issue a decision at the end of November or mid-December.
“We will have a panel of three arbitrators, so three judges. One will be selected by Chelsea the other by FC Lens and Fifa and the chairman will be CAS.
“It will be a final decision which would replace the Fifa decision if necessary. The CAS decision can be appealed only before the Swiss Supreme Court which is for the Swiss tribunal.
“It could be a final ruling before Christmas.”