Chelsea Appeal  FIFA Transfer Ban

World soccer governing body, FIFA  has confirmed that Chelsea will appeal the two-window transfer ban the club received for breaching rules relating to the international transfers and registration of players under the age of 18.

Football’s world governing body announced last month that the Premier League club had been fined £460,000 and banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows.

In a statement on 22 February Chelsea “categorically” refuted the findings of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee and Sky Sports reports that Fifa has said “there is no exact timetable” for the club’s case.

Fifa has also confirmed that Declan Rice’s switch from the Republic of Ireland to England has been approved.

The West Ham midfielder played three friendly matches for Ireland but last month chose to pledge his allegiance to England, the BBC reports.

A Fifa spokesman said: “Fifa can now confirm that the change of association of Declan Rice from Republic of Ireland to England has been approved.”

The 20-year-old is being tipped to be included in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad which will be announced on 13 March for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

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