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Chelsea left ‘astonished’ as FIFA refuse request to delay transfer ban

Chelsea have been left ‘astonished’ after FIFA’s Appeal Committee refused to postpone their transfer ban whilst they appeal punishment.

The West London club were banned from registering players for two transfer windows, as a result of being found guilty of breaking rules related to signing players under the age of 18.

The club denies any wrongdoing, and a statement released from Stamford Bridge says they are ‘astonished’ by FIFA’s refusal.

“Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the FIFA Appeal Committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process,” the club said in a statement.

“The club acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and has already notified FIFA of its intention to appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision and sanction.

“As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect.

“So far as the club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed.

“In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.

“We will consider our next steps once we have received the written reasons for this decision from FIFA.

“The club notes the Appeal Committee’s statement that it has the right to appeal to CAS. In the meantime the club will continue to fully cooperate with the proceedings.”

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