Thursday 17 October 2019

Chelsea accuse FIFA of double standards after transfer ban call

Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban will not be suspended while their appeal is heard (Adam Davy/PA)
Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban will not be suspended while their appeal is heard (Adam Davy/PA)

Matt Law

Chelsea have accused Fifa of double standards after their request for a two-window transfer ban to be frozen pending an appeal was rejected.

As they face a race against time to ensure they can buy players this summer, Chelsea are now hoping to gain an interim suspension of the ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been allowed to trade in similar circumstances while having appeals considered.

Fifa's appeals committee took from six months to almost a year when considering the cases of the Spanish clubs, but sources believe a decision on Chelsea could be reached before the summer window opens.

Thomas Bodstrom has been appointed as chairman of the appeals committee since the La Liga cases and it seems the former AIK Stockholm defender, who was once Uma Thurman's personal lawyer, has ruled against the organisation's precedent.

Bodstrom retired from football in 1989 to become a lawyer and later a politician and took up his post at Fifa in May 2017 - a year after the last of the three Spanish cases was heard.

Chelsea were stunned to discover that FIFA had denied them the right to trade during the appeal process.

Under the terms of the original judgment, the club would be unable to sign players until summer 2020.

Chelsea were charged after FIFA said it found breaches regarding the signing of foreign minors in 29 cases out of 92 investigated. As well as the two-window ban, a €500,000 fine was imposed.

The club had expected to be allowed to trade during the summer window while an appeal was heard and it would be a major blow if that were not the case, with doubts surrounding the futures of Eden Hazard, Callum Hudson-Odoi and David Luiz. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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