Chelsea confident following Roma lead with successful appeal

Chelsea can feel confident of a successful appeal against FIFA's transfer ban.

The Daily Star says Chelsea are not the first club to have been punished in such a way.

Roma were also given a ban for two transfer windows following defender Philippe Mexes’ move from Auxerre in 2004. The Italian side appealed and had the ban cut to one transfer window.

The targeting of Gael Kakuta is also likely to be appealed.

Kakuta, who will be banned for four months, is a skilful left-winger and is viewed as Chelsea’s most promising young player.

He ended his first season as top scorer in the youth side and was voted the Academy’s player of the year.

His second season was brought to an abrupt end in February by a double fracture of his ankle.

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