As news filtered through that the Blues transfer ban had been reduced, Chelsea appear to have been preparing an official statement. With the news breaking at lunchtime, it was 5pm before the media team at Stamford Bridge released by club’s opinion on the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) decision.
Chelsea didn’t hold back – One notable part took a massive swipe at FIFA with regards to inconsistency to punishment handed out. Premier League rivals Manchester City were named as an example.
“The approach taken by FIFA to this case has been deeply unsatisfactory, not least as FIFA chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense to Chelsea”.
Brave words from the club. Some would say a risk, but nevertheless great to see some honesty from an official capacity.
Fans were also impressed with the club’s response.
Chelsea is very angry with FIFA. I have never seen Chelsea this way. But FIFA deserves it. You can't say Man City accepted it so won't serve a ban, and Chelsea has no rights to argue their case. It's unimaginable but FIFA doesn't surprise me anymore. https://t.co/f0Hgwe7iPK
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) December 6, 2019
Strange how Chelsea get a transfer ban, yet with all Man City’s financial breaches they got nothing? Maybe another dirty oil money 50 mil donation has transpired ?
— Mark (@Batchowski) December 6, 2019
Favoritism simply for City
— Abdou (@abdou_chelsea) December 6, 2019
We all know the answer and it starts with ‘o’ and ends in ‘l’
— Yakob ℹ and 407 others (@acidentaljenkem) December 6, 2019
Nothing good about this when such precedence are inconsistent. City breached same rule but verdict went the way of the Citizens simply because they admitted the offense according to FIFA DC.
— God Hears ??????????????? (@PerchJ) December 6, 2019
City were given a fine of £315,000 for similar offences. It’s well out of proportion to the two-window ban, and fine that Chelsea received. FIFA’s stance was the Citizens acceptance was the reason for the soft decision. Make of that what you will.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid have all been through the same process as Chelsea with different levels of success in appeal.
Attention will now turn to the January transfer window. The Blues will surely consider making an addition or two to make sure they stay in the race for a top-four spot.
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