CAS ruling lifts Chelsea’s transfer ban

Sport’s highest court has ruled that a FIFA transfer ban on

Chelsea signing players must be lifted.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday that Chelsea

and French club Lens had reached an agreement in their dispute over

teenager Gael Kakuta’s move to England in 2007.

CAS said the clubs agreed Kakuta did not have a valid contract

with Lens and so could not have breached any rules when he joined

Chelsea.

FIFA imposed the one-year transfer ban on Chelsea last September

after Lens appealed to the global governing body.