Chelsea Transfer Ban Reduced After Succesful Appeal in CAS

It has also reduced the fine that the club had to pay from 600,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs (£230,000).

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Chelsea celebrate a goal headed in by defender Reece James.

Chelsea were given a two-window transfer ban by FIFA in February 2018 for breaching rules on signing youth players, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have reduced the ban to one-window.

Chelsea served their one-window suspension by not signing players over the summer and now are eligible to contact players for the winter transfer window starting 1 January.

It has also reduced the fine that the club had to pay from 600,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs (£230,000).


Chelsea were banned by FIFA because of 150 rule breaches involving 69 academy players over several seasons, according to the judgement published by FIFA.

The CAS declared that the club did indeed violate rules which concern the international transfers of minor players. This included the first registration of minors, but it was for a smaller number of players, which would amount to a third of the violations found by FIFA.

“In addition, the violations of other RSTP (Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players) rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea by FIFA.”
Court of Arbitration for Sport

Chelsea lodged an appeal to CAS against FIFA which also triggered a Premier League investigation into the London club’s signing of foreign U-18 players.

For the signing of international U-18 players to be valid, the player must meet the criteria laid down by FIFA. One of these criteria explicitly state that the player’s parents must also move to the country for reasons not relating to football.

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