Chelsea's transfer ban lifted by CAS - the club can now sign players in January

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Chelsea's transfer ban has been reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning the club will be able to buy players in January. 

The key part of the statement from CAS reads:

"The Sole Arbitrator found that [Chelsea Football Club] did violate Articles 19.1 (related to the international transfer of minors) and 19.3 (related to the first registration of minors) of the RSTP, but for a significantly smaller number of players (about 1/3 of the violations found by FIFA).

"In addition, the violations of other RSTP rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea FC by FIFA.

"Accordingly, the Sole Arbitrator reduced the sanction to one single transfer ban (which Chelsea FC already served during the 2019 summer registration period), and halved the monetary sanction."

The original ban came in February after Chelsea were found guilty of breaching article 19 of FIFA's regulations.

According to BBC Sport, the club made 150 rule breaches involving 69 academy players over several seasons.

FIFA originally upheld their decision after an appeal back in May, which led to Chelsea taking their case to the CAS. 

Chelsea have overturned their case

Following a review, the court has ruled to reduce the ban to one transfer window, which has now passed. 

As the Blues were unable to sign players in the summer of 2019, they are now free to conduct business again in January. 

Chelsea will be able to buy in January

That will come as great news to the club and their fans. Frank Lampard is doing a brilliant job anyway, but he has hinted that he will look to strengthen his side as soon as possible. 

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Wilfried Zaha and Ben Chilwell have all been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and those deals could now happen as soon as next month. 

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