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    Chelsea 'Inducement' Charge Over Gael Kakuta Cleared By CAS; Transfer Ban Lifted

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    Chelsea 'Inducement' Charge Over Gael Kakuta Cleared By CAS; Transfer Ban Lifted

    Post by Admin on Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:37 am

    The European Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] has cleared Chelsea
    over their charges of "inducing" Racing Club de Lens' midfielder Gael
    Kakuta, and the lengthy ban the club faced from entering the transfer
    market has duly been lifted.

    CAS overturned the transfer ban on
    the grounds that Chelsea and French teen Kakuta could not be found to
    be in breach of contract, as the player's deal with Lens was "not
    valid".

    A CAS statement read: "CAS has issued an award today
    ratifying the agreement reached by Chelsea, Racing Club de Lens and the
    French football player Gaël Kakuta, putting an end to this arbitration
    procedure which also involved FIFA.

    "The two clubs and the
    player have recognised that the contract between the player and RC Lens
    was not valid. Accordingly, the player could not have terminated it
    prematurely and without just cause and Chelsea cannot therefore be
    liable for inducing a breach of contract."

    It continued: "The sanctions imposed upon Chelsea and the player by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber had to be lifted."
    A statement by club chairman Bruce Buck released on Chelsea's
    official website added: "We are pleased to have come to an amicable
    resolution of the matter and that it has been ratified by CAS and
    recognised by FIFA.
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    "It was always our intention to work together with Lens to reach
    this end, and both clubs have strengthened their relationship as a
    result of resolving this case to everyone's satisfaction.
    "In an act of good faith and with a view to the possibility of
    future collaboration with Lens, and without recognising any liability,
    Chelsea has agreed to pay compensation costs for the training given to
    the player while at Lens, as mandated by FIFA in its original ruling."
    Chelsea were surprisingly quiet during the winter transfer window
    considering they faced the prospect of an imminent ban in Spring, and
    despite being linked with a clutch of Europe's premier footballers
    including Bayern Munich star attacker Franck Ribery, Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero and AC Milan wonderkid Alexandre Pato, the club remained inactive.

    Speculation
    surrounding whom the club will sign in the summer now their ban has
    been lifted has been rife, and the media expect Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to continue to pursue his interest in Pato, the exciting Brazilian striker whom he coached at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.


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