• Chelsea gets Nov 20 court date for FIFA transfer ban appeal


    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Chelsea's appeal against a transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules to sign youth players from abroad will be heard on Nov. 20 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    READ: Pennsylvania native, U.S. soccer star Christian Pulisic nets first hat trick in Premier League

    CAS has announced the hearing date on Monday, with a verdict due before the midseason transfer window opens in January.

    Chelsea already served half of its one-year ban on registering new players during the offseason trading period.

    The club did not seek to freeze the FIFA sanction while preparing the appeal to CAS.

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    FIFA's disciplinary and appeal committees have said Chelsea violated 150 rules protecting minors from trafficking. Those cases involved about 70 players.

    Chelsea was also judged to break rules prohibiting third-party influence on players. FIFA imposed a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs ($608,000).

    The club has denied wrongdoing.

    Pennsylvania native Christian Pulisic plays for Chelsea, recently netting his first hat trick.



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