Chelsea have appealed their two-window transfer ban, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed.
The west London club were slapped with a year-long ban on recruitment after breaching rules regarding the signings of foreign minors.
They are also appealing a £460,000 fine, which was part of the punishment for being found guilty on 29 charges.
The ban has thrown the Stamford Bridge club’s immediate plans into the air, as star player Eden Hazard prepares for a move to Real Madrid and manager Maurizio Sarri contemplates a return to Italy.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd (CFC) against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA),” read a statement.
The ban prohibits Chelsea from signing players during the 2019 summer and January 2020 transfer windows.
The Europa League champions have taken their case to CAS after FIFA rejected their appeal.
“The appeal is directed against 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 and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods,” the CAS statement read.
CAS told media it ‘was not possible’ to know when a decision will be made on the appeal.
Reports suggested the Blues could face an extended ban if their appeal was seen as an attempt to postpone the ban.
In that instance, they could make signings until the August 8 deadline and subsequently prepare for the future.
It was said the ban could be extended to a third window if they applied to freeze it while the appeal is ongoing.
But there is no suggestion, as yet, that that application has been made alongside the appeal.
Additional by PA
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