Chelsea Ban Reduced
By Samuel Akpan
Chelsea Football Club have had their transfer ban reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The West London club can now sign players in the January transfer window.
Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban in February by World governing body FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules on signing young players.
However, the CAS has reduced the punishment with the ban now cut to one transfer window- which they have now served during the summer- and also the fine halved from 600,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs.
According to CAS, the Premier League side's "violations of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) rules were found to be less serious than those attributed to the club by FIFA."
CAS also "Chelsea did violate rules regarding the international transfer of minors but for a significantly smaller amount of players, adding up to about a third of the violations found by FIFA."