Chelsea file appeal with Court of Arbitration

Chelsea have filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an attempt to have their transfer ban overturned.

The Blues were found guilty of a breach of contract when they lured Lens youngster Gael Kakuta to Stamford Bridge and have been disallowed to take part in any transfer action until the 2011 January window.

But the London club have vowed to fight the punishment and an appeal has been sent to the CAS, as confirmed on their official website.

"Chelsea Football Club and Gael Kakuta have filed appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber on 27 August 2009,” the statement read.

"Both Chelsea FC and Kakuta have requested that the Fifa decision be stayed pending the outcome of the CAS arbitration. A decision concerning the request for a stay is likely to be issued by the CAS at the beginning of November."