Chelsea seek transfer ban freeze

22 October 2009 12:24
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has confirmed that Chelsea want their Fifa transfer ban suspended until a decision on their appeal is made.The club cannot sign players until 2011 as Fifa ruled they induced Gael Kakuta to break his Lens contract in 2007. "A decision concerning the request (to suspend the ban) is likely to be issued at the beginning of November," said a statement on the Cas website. If Cas grants Chelsea's request, the Blues could sign players in January. Chelsea will know whether their ban has been suspended by early November, well ahead of the next transfer window, but Cas have still to set a date to hear the original appeal itself. Under the terms of the Fifa punishment, French teenager Kakuta must pay compensation of 780,000 euros (£710,000), for which Chelsea are "jointly and severally liable". Chelsea must also pay Lens "training compensation" of 130,000 euros (£118,000).

Source: BBC_Sport