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REUTERS - English Pre­mier League side Chelsea have filed an ap­peal with the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) against a trans­fer ban im­posed by world soc­cer gov­ern­ing body FIFA, the CAS said yes­ter­day.

The Europa League cham­pi­ons were sanc­tioned in Fe­bru­ary for breach­ing rules re­gard­ing the in­ter­na­tional trans­fer and regis­tra­tion of play­ers un­der 18. They were also fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($603,864.73).

The trans­fer ban prevents Chelsea from sign­ing play­ers in the close sea­son and in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow in 2020 and CAS said they had reg­is­tered the club’s ap­peal, which could be con­sid­ered just by writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

“Fol­low­ing the hear­ing, if one is held... the panel de­lib­er­ates and then is­sues its de­ci­sion in the form of an Ar­bi­tral Award,” the CAS state­ment read. “It is not pos­si­ble to say at this time when the Ar­bi­tral Award will be is­sued.” Chelsea had ini­tially ap­pealed against FIFA’S ban in April and FIFA’S Ap­peal Com­mit­tee par­tially up­held the ap­peal, al­low­ing the Lon­don club to regis­ter youth play­ers dur­ing the pe­riod.

The club re­futed FIFA’S find­ings and had said last month they would ap­peal the de­ci­sion to the CAS.

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