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Chelsea free to sign players in January after transfer ban overturned

The Court of Arbitration for Sport have overturned Chelsea’s transfer ban, allowing them to sign new players next month

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is free to sign new players next month after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the club’s transfer ban.

The Blues were initially sanctioned by world governing body FIFA in February of this year.

London outfit contesting FIFA’s two-window ban relating to the signing of overseas youth pl

And the CAS announced on Friday that the Blues have had their two-window ban to one, which was served in the summer.

It means Lampard, whose Chelsea side sit fourth in the Premier League this season, will be able to splash the cash when the transfer window reopens in January.

Frank Lampard will be able to add to his Chelsea squad in January

FIFA had found the London club guilty of breaching article 19 of its regulations on the status and transfer of players (RSTP), which concerns the protection of minors.
They were also found to have breached article 18, concerning third-party influence.

Chelsea appealed to FIFA and the case was heard in April, but documents published by FIFA at the end of October showed its appeals committee found the Blues had committed 150 breaches of regulations.

The appeals committee agreed with the disciplinary committee that the breaches were “inexcusable”.

CAS were keen to confirm their verdict in time for the club to know whether they can be involved in the January 2020 transfer window.

Earlier this week, Blues boss Lampard revealed that a decision over their appeal was imminent.

When asked when he expects to discover the result of that appeal, Lampard, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa, replied: “Very soon I believe, days I think.

“I haven’t heard any more, so I would wait and reserve judgement (on Chelsea’s plans for January) until we get the judgement and see where we want to go from there.

Chelsea have thrived at the start of Lampard’s reign despite being unable to sign any players in the summer due to the transfer embargo.

Lampard admitted keeping all his players happy remains one of his top challenges at Stamford Bridge, and his long-term planning is only complicated by the current transfer limbo.

Tammy Abraham’s blistering Premier League start has eased the burden on Chelsea’s youthful squad – and Lampard will now be boosted by the fact he can bolster his ranks.

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