FIFA have partially thrown out the appeal by Chelsea to overturn their transfer ban, which will mean the club can’t sign new top stars until the summer of 2020.
 
In a statement released by FIFA, the committee explained that the appeal was rejected after finding breaches in 29 out of 92 cases against Chelsea;
 
The FIFA appeal committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea.”
 
This ban applied to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and did not prevent the release of players.”
 
According to BBC Football Chelsea will now send an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but this latest rejection by FIFA is making it less and less likely that the Blue will be able to do any business this summer.
 
Manager Maurizio Sarri has already offered his thoughts on the latest appeal rejection and has emphasised how ‘difficult’ it could be to keep on the heels of Liverpool and Manchester City;
 
It’s very difficult to cover the gap at the moment; we need to work, probably we need to do something from the market.”
 
So it’s not easy, because the level of the top two is very, very high.”
 
I think that we have to buy only one, two players, otherwise it’s very difficult to improve immediately.”
 
I think we are a very good team, so we need only one, two players, no more.”
 
Chelsea will of course now explore an appeal via the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but thoughts inside the club will now be potentially turning to their loan players as well as the incoming Christian Pulisic from Dortmund.

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