FIFA has set a date to hear Chelsea’s appeal against the transfer ban which was imposed on the club earlier this year.
FIFA handed Chelsea a one-year ban i.e. a two-window transfer ban related to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. The English club was also fined £460,000.
Chelsea appealed against the decision soon after in an attempt to delay the transfer ban so as to do business this summer. But FIFA had no such plans in mind. They immediately rejected Chelsea’s appeal.
The North London club was “astonished” to hear FIFA’s response and was not ready to accept their fate just yet. Chelsea then approached the Court of Arbitration for Sports for help. As a result, FIFA has now agreed to listen to Chelsea’s appeal. The date has been set for 11th April.
A lot depends on Chelsea’s appeal. Getting the appeal rejected could do a lot of damage to the club. However, Andreas Christensen believes that Chelsea will refuse to listen to any offers for the players because of the ban.
“The situation I have ended up in has been very difficult to accept,” Christensen told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.
“The messages we have received are that Chelsea cannot appeal the case and therefore want to keep all the players.”