Chelsea’s appeal against its two-window transfer ban for signing underage players has been broadly rejected by FIFA, world football’s governing body has announced.
Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs (£460,000) and sanctioned in February in relation to 29 cases where regulations relating to the international transfer and
registration of players under the age of 18 were breached.
The London club immediately lodged an appeal and the case was heard by FIFA’s appeal committee last month.
Chelsea will now take their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. After last night’s incredible result, Liverpool will play either Spurs or Ajax in the final.
They play the second leg of their semi final tonight in Amsterdam.
Spurs are 1-0 down from the first leg.================European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington has chosen to reduce the number of wildcard selections for the 2020 team from four to three.
The change means that nine players will qualify automatically – five from the world points list and four from a European list.
The remaing three will be at the discretion of Harrington.===========It’s a busy week for Kildare GAA
This evening (Weds), the minor footballers play Louth in Ardee at 7pm. Kildare beat Wicklow in their opening Group game.
Kfm will have updates with Ger McNally.
Meath play Offaly, Wexford against Dublin, Laois vs Westmeath and Carlow v Longford.
On Saturday, the senior footballers play Wicklow in the first round of the championship in Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm, while earlier at 2pm the minor hurlers are in Mullingar to play Westmeath.
Then next Sunday, the senior hurlers begin the defence of the Christy Ring Cup against Roscommon in Athleague at 12.45pm.
Kfm will have live coverage of all four games.
Last night’s club results:Haven Hire Senior Hurling League Div 1Confey 0-18 Naas 1-12Ardclough 3-13 Clane 1-12Coill Dubh 2-17 Leixlip 0-9Éire Óg Corra Choill 3-18 Celbridge 1-15 Reserve Football LeaguesDiv 1Moorefield 3-20 Maynooth 0-4 Div 5A Naas 5-19 Celbridge 1-9
There’s a round of fixtures in the Reserve Football Leagues scheduled this evening.
===============Athletics’ governing body the IAAF has told the World Medical Association it “strongly disagrees” with its call for doctors to refuse to help intersex athletes lower their testosterone so they can compete in female races.
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal from South Africa’s double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya against the federation’s eligibility regulations for the female classification.
The court’s majority verdict means athletes, who are legally female but have one of a number of specified genetic conditions, must reduce the testosterone in their blood stream to a level closer to the typical female range.
Any athlete who meets this description must provide a blood test by May 8 to show their testosterone is below the limit, although these rules only apply to track events between 400 metres and a mile.