“The FA are challenging the disciplinary process and the accusation that there was mismanagement in the registration of minors.
The case will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on June 26.
In February 2019, Chelsea were sanctioned for breaching 150 regulations regarding the transfer and registration of 69 players under the age of 18 over several seasons (subsequently reduced)
The FA were also found guilty of breaking rules regarding the registration of those players and at the time, was “given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.”
Both parties were also fined with Chelsea banned for signing players in the subsequent two transfer windows.
The Blues had that sanction reduced to one window on appeal in December, when their original £460,000 fine was halved to £230,000.
The FA also had their fine reduced to from £421,000 to £290,000 on an initial appeal and which they are now seeking to appeal further.
At the time, the FA said it would “continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which were raised by this case.”
Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea and the FA have argued a lack of clarity in FIFA’s guidelines contributed to inadvertent rule breaches.” ESPN
Chelsea have always argued that they were innocent and they worked hand in hand with the FA re the registration of young players.
It’s all done and dusted now from a Chelsea perspective and the Club had their banned halved on Appeal and even if CAS overturned the whole case (which is unlikely) Chelsea still couldn’t reclaim the Summer transfer window that they lost.
Although it could cost FIFA a huge wedge.😊
I can’t remember any FA taking FIFA to CAS though.
Fair point Chucky re the FA should have better things to do although I suspect this case was set up a long time before Coronavirus appeared.