FA, FIFA Head To Court Over Chelsea Transfer Ban

In February 2019, Chelsea was sanctioned for breaching 150 regulations regarding the transfer and registration of 69 players under the age of 18 over several seasons and now the Football Association (FA) are set to take FIFA to court on June 26.

What is been challenged in the Court of Arbitration for Sport is the disciplinary process and the accusation that there was mismanagement in the registration of minors.

“The FA has cooperated fully with FIFA’s investigation. As this is an ongoing legal process it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time,” an FA spokesperson told ESPN.

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The FA were also found guilty of breaking rules regarding the registration of those players and at the time, was “given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.”

Both parties were also fined with the Blues banned for signing players in the subsequent two transfer windows.

Chelsea had that sanction reduced to one window on appeal in December when their original £460,000 fine was halved to £230,000.

The FA also had their fine reduced to from £421,000 to £290,000 on an initial appeal and which they are now seeking to appeal further.