How Were Chelsea Able To Sign Kovacic Despite FIFA Ban?
Croatian footballer, Mateo Kovačić [Photo: AS English – Diario AS]

Chelsea have announced the signing of Croatian footballer, Mateo Kovačić, but how did they get around FIFA‘s sanction?

Concise News reports that Chelsea acquired their first import in Kovacic despite FIFA recently slapping a two-window transfer ban on the club due to its conduct regarding signing young foreign players.

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The 25-year-old teamed up with the Blues from Real Madrid on a five-year contract after a £40m fee was agreed with the Spanish giants.

Kovacic’s permanent move to the reigning Europa League champions comes after he spent last season on loan at Stamford Bridge under the club’s now-Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri.

But how come Chelsea were able to get around a suspension on imports from the world football governing body?

Chelsea managed to get Kovacic permanently as a result of a crack in their transfer suspension.

When Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan for the duration of last season, the agreement between Roman Abramovich’s club and Real Madrid stipulated the Blues had the option to purchase Kovacic for €45m (£40m) before June 30, 2019.

Due to the fact that Kovacic’s loan deal between the two clubs was sealed before Chelsea’s transfer ban was implemented in February, they can sign the player permanently without violating the rules.

It is noteworthy that not only have Chelsea been sanctioned by FIFA, so too have the Football Association (FA).

Although, Chelsea brought their case before the FIFA Appeal Committee and appealed the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

“Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will, therefore, be appealing the decision,” an official statement said back in February.

“The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation.”

However, that appeal, which was heard on April 11, was subsequently rejected by FIFA on May 8.

Chelsea’s ban is unlikely to be overturned in the near future but could possibly be scrapped before the 2020 winter window if a favourable finding is detected.