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Chelsea's transfer ban postponed

Chelsea have had their transfer ban postponed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after they decided that a final decision over the signing of Gael Kakuta was necessary before they impose the ban.

They had been banned by Fifa in early September after they were found guilty of encouraging Kakuta to break his contract with Lens, but now they will be able to sign reinforcements in the January transfer window. This is because CAS won’t be hearing the case until the new year, giving Chelsea a chance to splash some cash, should they see fit.

‘The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has granted the request for a stay filed by Chelsea Football Club Ltd and Mr Gaël Kakuta in relation to the decision taken by the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber on 27 August 2009.

‘The Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber imposed, inter alia, a restriction of four months' ineligibility on Mr Gaël Kakuta, and Chelsea Football Club Ltd was banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the next two complete, consecutive registration periods. Such sanctions are now stayed until the CAS renders its final decision in this matter.’

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