Fingers Crossed as CAS Announces Hearing Date for Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced the date for hearing Chelsea’s appeal against their two-window transfer ban.

The Blues were initially sanctioned by FIFA in February of this year, and Wednesday, November 20, has been set for the hearing-which, to a larger extent, will shape how Frank Lampard will trade in January.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. (Photo: Courtesy)

Fifa found the London club guilty of breaching article 19 of its regulations on the status and transfer of players (RSTP), which concerns the protection of minors. They were also found to have breached Article 18, concerning third-party influence.

Chelsea appealed to FIFA and the case was heard in April, but documents published by the world football governing body at the end of October showed its appeals committee found the Blues had committed 150 breaches of regulations.

The appeals committee agreed with the disciplinary committee that the breaches were ‘inexcusable’.

CAS will not make a decision on the day, but it has been reported that the verdict should come in time for the club to know whether they can be involved in the January 2020 transfer window.

Notably, the club has made a good start to life under new manager Frank Lampard despite not being able to sign any new players in the summer.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, all Chelsea academy products, have returned to the club from loans elsewhere to make a big impression on the first team at Stamford Bridge.

All three have also been capped at England senior level by Gareth Southgate since the start of the season and the Blues are in third place on the Premier League table, behind second-placed Leicester only on goal difference.

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