Chelsea have been able to recruit players since January, according to a ruling by Cas International Sports Court. The fines imposed by the FIFA World Cup were reduced in the appeal process, as the highest transgaming.orgs arbitration court in Lausanne announced.
Fifa had decided this spring that Chelsea FC should not hire new players until the summer of 2020 because the winner of the Europa League last season reportedly broke the rules for minors under the minors in 29 cases. A fine of around 526,000 euros was also imposed.
In the appeal process, Cas now decided that the block should be reduced to a transfer period. The Premier League club has already served this summer. The fine was also reduced by half. International transgaming.orgs law based the milder verdict that Chelsea FC only violated transfer rules in about a third of the cases criticized by FIFA.
"Positive result for us"
The club had denied the allegations. "Chelsea FC categorically contradicts the FIFA Appeals Board's finding. The club has acted in accordance with relevant regulations," a statement said.
"This is a positive result for us. From a football perspective, I'm happy about it," coach Frank Lampard said. "I think it's a good thing to continue the club." Due to the suspension, Chelsea could not respond to the departure of superstar Eden Hazard, who switched to Real Madrid, this summer.