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Chelsea transfer ban lifted by Courts

Fri 5th Feb 2010 | Legal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued an award today ratifying the agreement reached by Chelsea FC, Racing Club de Lens and the French football player Gaël Kakuta, putting an end to this arbitration procedure which also involved FIFA.

In a statement released today (4th Feb) by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) read;

'in the agreement, the two clubs and the player have recognised that the contract between the player and RC Lens was not valid. Accordingly, the player could not have terminated it prematurely and without just cause and FC Chelsea cannot therefore be liable for inducing a breach of contract. As a consequence, in light of these new circumstances, the sanctions imposed upon Chelsea FC and the player by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber had to be lifted'.

The statement also makes it clear that, in accordance with the parties’ request, the entire proceedings, including the arbitral award and the agreement shall remain confidential and the CAS will not comment on this matter any further.

On 25 September 2009, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber imposed, inter alia, a restriction
of four months’ ineligibility on Mr Gaël Kakuta, and Chelsea FC was banned from registering
any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the two complete, consecutive
registration periods following the FIFA decision. The sanctions were stayed by the CAS until the
award was issued.

With the January transfer window now closed, Chelsea will have to wait until the summer before it can strengthen its squad.

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