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Sports - September 25, 2007

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has granted Chelsea’s request to suspend their transfer ban.

Fifa ruled against Chelsea in August when they deemed that the English club had induced teenager Gael Kakuta to break his contract with Lens.

As punishment for this, the world’s governing body imposed a transfer ban on Chelsea and stated they could not register new players for two transfer windows.

This meant Chelsea would not be able to sign a new player until 2011. However the Blues have successfully lobbied CAS that their ban should be suspended until their full appeal against Fifa’s decision is heard by the Swiss-based court.

This now means that Chelsea will be in a position to buy players in January, if they wish.

CAS also ruled that Gael Kakuta – who was banned from playing for four months – has also had his suspension ‘stayed’ making him available for selection.

The CAS statement read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has granted the request for a stay filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd and Mr Gaël Kakuta in relation to the decision taken by the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber on 27 August 2009.

“The Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber imposed, inter alia, a restriction of four months’ ineligibility on Mr Gael Kakuta, and Chelsea Football Club Ltd was banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the next two complete, consecutive registration periods.

“Such sanctions are now stayed until the CAS renders its final decision in this matter.”

As of yet, Chelsea are yet to receive a date from CAS for their appeal – although this is not now expected until after January. (Sky Sports)

David Villa is one of few world-class goalscorers who could play in the Champions League because Valencia did not qualify for this season’s competition. Emile Heskey would be a cheaper alternative capable of filling in for Drogba, although the England striker may be concerned about a lack of first-team football after the Africans’ return. He has already expressed his frustration at failing to win a regular place in the Aston Villa line-up.
Ancelotti would also like to sign a central midfield player, with Daniele De Rossi, of Roma, one possible option. The club have also been monitoring the performances of Adam Johnson, the Middlesbrough winger. (Times Online)

Now that Chelsea have been given a stay of execution, and probable totally backtrack from FIFA in due course, Carlo Ancelotti appears to have his eyes on a host of players who he feels he needs in order to challenge on all fronts.

The likes of David Villa, Adam Johnson, Daniele De Rossi, Sergio Aguero and bizarrely Emile Heskey are on the Blues radar and with a number of the club’s top talents off to the African Nations Cup they may need to act speedily when the transfer window re-opens.

They may also choose to spend big in this coming window just in case the ban is in fact placed on them at a later date, which would be quite a wise move. The club has had a very good start to the season and are sitting pretty at the top of the table but apparently Ancelotti still believes there is a lot of room for improvement.


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