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Chelsea appeals over FIFA ban

PREMIER League club Chelsea has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban on signing new players imposed by FIFA, CAS said yesterday.

Chelsea has also asked for the transfer ban to be suspended until the result of the appeal is decided.

It was found guilty in September of inducing Gael Kakuta to break his contract with French club Racing Lens and banned from registering any new players until January 2011.

"Both Chelsea FC and (Gael) Kakuta have requested that the FIFA decision be stayed pending the outcome of the CAS arbitration," a CAS statement read.

"A decision concerning the request for a stay is likely to be issued by the CAS at the beginning of November."

The punishment was handed out following a contractual dispute involving the transfer of reserve team player Kakuta from Lens in 2007. The London club was furious at the decision, describing it as "extraordinarily arbitrary" and "totally disproportionate", and promising to mount the strongest possible appeal.v


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