Court of Arbitration clears Chelsea to make January signings after transfer ban is halved

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Chelsea football have been cleared to buy players again in January after their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport saw their two-window ban cut in half.

The world’s football governing body had in March imposed sanctions on them due to their registration of foreign players under the age of 18.

It was determined that Chelsea should be prevented from adding any fresh faces to their squad until the summer of 2020.

The Blues were, however, fast to appeal to the relevant authorities.

FIFA refused to buckle when seeing their judgement contested, but CAS has stated that the transfer embargo can now be lifted.

Its statement read: “The FIFA Appeal Committee decision dated 11 April 2019, in which CFC was declared liable for violations of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two (2) entire and consecutive registration periods, fined CHF 600,000, reprimanded and warned on its future conduct, has been modified.

“The following sanctions have now been imposed by the CAS: CFC is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for one (1) entire registration period, which the club already served during the 2019 summer registration period

CFC is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of the amount of CHF 300,000 (three hundred thousand Swiss Francs).”

The premier league outfit will be able to do business in January after the fines are paid.

The ban has been a blessing in disguise with faith shown in academy graduates like Abraham, Mount and Tomori yelding dividends for Lampard’s young side.

He will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen his side in the winter transfer window with players such as Sancho, Koulibaly, Zaha and Ziyech linked with moves to the West London side.