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Summer Spree On As Chelsea Ban Lifted?


It seems Chelsea weren’t so silly not making any signings in the January transfer window after all. Because despite serious concerns from some of us about being unable to bring new players in once our expected ban was in place for the summer, the Court of Arbitration for Sport have lifted the ban after we’d reached an agreement with Lens.

A statement on the CAS website said:

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued an award today ratifying the agreement reached by Chelsea FC, Racing Club de Lens and the French football player Gaël Kakuta, putting an end to this arbitration procedure which also involved FIFA. The CAS has noted that, in the agreement, the two clubs and the player have recognised that the contract between the player and RC Lens was not valid. Accordingly, the player could not have terminated it prematurely and without just cause and Chelsea FC cannot therefore be liable for inducing a breach of contract. As a consequence, in light of these new circumstances, the sanctions imposed upon Chelsea FC and the player by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber had to be lifted.”

A statement on the club website from Bruce Buck meanwhile, suggests:

“It was always our intention to work together with Lens to reach this end, and both clubs have strengthened their relationship as a result of resolving this case to everyone’s satisfaction.  In an act of good faith and with a view to the possibility of future collaboration with Lens, and without recognising any liability, Chelsea has agreed to pay compensation costs for the training given to the player while at Lens, as mandated by Fifa in its original ruling.”

All parties agreed the proceedings would remain confidential.

Of course our rivals will point to the lifting of this ban having more to do with the depth of Roman’s pockets than about our lack of any wrongdoing in the first place, but that’s more their problem than ours. I’m sure we’ll just look forward to the summer sales either way. 🙂



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