Chelsea to appeal transfer ban

FIFA have banned Chelsea from signing new players until 2011 after being charged with inducing 18-year-old French winger Gaël Kakuta to break his contract with Lens in 2007.

The decision means that the Blues will be unable to register any new players during the next two transfer windows. FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber released an official statement confirming the ban earlier today:

"A restriction of four months on his eligibility to play in official matches is imposed on the player Gaël Kakuta while the club FC Chelsea is banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the two next entire and consecutive registration periods following the notification of the present decision. Furthermore, the club, FC Chelsea, has to pay to RC Lens training compensation in the amount of €130,000."

Chelsea later confirmed that they will appeal the ruling: "Chelsea will mount the strongest appeal possible following the decision. 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."

With the London club currently hounding former player Adrian Mutu for £14.6million after he was charged with a breach of contract by the Court of Arbitration for Sport it's hard to have sympathy for the Blues.

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