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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Chelsea blues after FIFA decision

Although we have an amazing squad, the decision by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) today banning Chelsea FC from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows up until 2010 is not great.

The ban from FIFA is resulting from Jose Mourhino's days when French star Gael Kakuta was persuaded to break his contract with Lens back in 2007. Lens claimed it was a breach of contract and as you can imagine a row ensued.

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled that there had been a contractual breach and has ordered Gael Kakuta to pay £682,000 in compensation, although he and the club are liable plus Chelsea FC has been fined £113,000 in addition. Read the details in full.

Kakuta has also got in effect a four month ban on playing in official matches.

I am sure there will be smiles on some managers faces within the Premier League especially in Liverpool, Norf' London and Manchester as they know if the appeal by Chelsea isn't successful that this could mean easier games for them next season - but my advice to them is don't smile too much!

Chelsea Football Club has issued the following statement:

Chelsea will mount the strongest appeal possible following the decision of FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber over Gaël Kakuta.

The sanctions are without precedent to this level and totally disproportionate to the alleged offence and the financial penalty imposed.

We cannot comment further until we receive the full written rationale for this extraordinarily arbitrary decision.

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