Chelsea have been freed to spend again in January, with an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeing their two-window ban cut in half, reports Goal.
The Blues saw sanctions imposed on them by FIFA in March when world football’s governing body took action against the Premier League outfit and their registration of foreign players under the age of 18 for two years to 2020.The Blues were, however, quick to lodge appeals to the relevant authorities.
FIFA refused to buckle when seeing their ruling contested, but CAS has stated that restrictions 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.
“CFC is ordered to pay a fine to FIFA of the amount of CHF 300,000 (three hundred thousand Swiss Francs).”
Once Chelsea have settled that fine, they will be free to dip back into the transfer market once more and that could prove very timely, given that another window of opportunity is about to swing open.