On Friday, the decision Chelsea had eagerly been anticipating had arrived. After filling an appeal against their two-transfer window ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS announced that they have halved the Premier League giants’ original punishment.
This means the Blues have been given the green light to do business in the upcoming January transfer window, having abstained from signings last summer. This ruling was met with joy at Stamford Bridge but this did not stop the club from taking swipe at FIFA and Man City over what they perceived the be unfair treatment.
“Chelsea is grateful to the CAS for the diligent approach that it gave this matter,” the statement from the Blues read.
“The club has not yet received the written reasons for CAS’s decision but wishes to make the following clear:
"The approach taken by FIFA to this case has been deeply unsatisfactory, not least as FIFA chose to treat Chelsea entirely differently to Manchester City for reasons that make absolutely no sense to Chelsea."
Man City were also embroiled in underage signing breaches. However, that case was judged under FIFA’s 2019 regulations which allowed the Citizens to escape any severe punishments. This was not the case for the London giants as they were judged under the previous regulations, unlike the reigning champions of England, hence their transfer ban.
The Premier League side also accused world football’s governing body of acting in a perverse manner in regards to the 27 youngsters involved in the case, stating: "Of those, 16 players were registered by Chelsea in exactly the same way as other Premier League clubs registered players at the time.
"Furthermore, Chelsea sought clarification from the Premier League in 2009 about whether it needed to apply for permission to register players in this category.
"The FA subsequently liaised with FIFA and it was confirmed to Chelsea that players in this category were entitled to register and that no special application was required (and in fact no special application process existed).
"Accordingly, the fact that FIFA brought charges against Chelsea for this category of player was perverse. We are grateful that this appears to have been corrected by the CAS."
Now that the club have been cleared to enter the transfer market this winter, Lampard is reportedly eyeing a whopping $197M spending spree to strengthen a squad of mainly youngsters. According to the Sun, Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell. The Englishman has impressed for Leicester this year and one of Chelsea’s biggest weaknesses this season has been their defense but it will not be an easy task to pry him away from Leicester. A back-up striker is also being eyed.