Distraught Chelsea fans have slammed the power-brokers at Stamford Bridge after news emerged that the club has delayed the process to try and freeze their imposed transfer ban, with the suggestion that they could let it go ahead without challenge.
Banned from making signings for two windows, it was expected that Chelsea would attempt to freeze the embargo through an appeal process with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, according to The Telegraph, Chelsea are yet to apply to CAS and there is the potential that they could accept the punishment as is.
Similar sanctions were imposed on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in recent years, although the Catalan club did get their ban suspended and ended up signing numerous players including Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the summer of 2014.
A turbulent campaign saw Chelsea secure Champions League qualification with a third-place Premier League finish and they still have a chance at European silverware with the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku on May 29.
Despite the successful conclusion to Maurizio Sarri’s first season at the helm, question marks surround Chelsea’s squad with Eden Hazard likely to depart, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been sidelined for the foreseeable future.
With any major squad overhaul likely to be delayed now due to the transfer embargo, Chelsea supporters attacked the Blues decision-makers on Twitter.
Check out the best of the reaction below!
The sensible thing is to apply to CAS to get the ban froze so we can sign players especially if Hazard leaves. However the sensible thing would also be not travel to USA for a friendly just before a European cup final. So the Chelsea board right now … pic.twitter.com/YIMRZyHAES
— Barry Armstrong (@barry_armstrong) May 17, 2019
I think is time we start questioning the ownership of this club.
— Elorm (@CFCElorm) May 17, 2019
Useless people working at my club, if you can’t do your job pls leave
— Siddanth (@ASiddanth) May 17, 2019
This club is run by morons
— Waqstreet Boys (@WaqqyChan) May 17, 2019
Stupid club, Stupid board
— MBlues09 (@MBlues09) May 17, 2019
this club will be run by everybody except someone with an actual football knowledge
— Ankit Shetty (@AnkitShetty1997) May 17, 2019
Can we start a petition to sack the entire board?
— … (@anassrammar) May 17, 2019
Rubbish lawyers, nonsense board, they don’t know what they are doing. Thimese people ll run this club to the ground, worst thing is Roman is doing nothing about it
— Ogbeni Sly (@sly_92) May 17, 2019
Arrant nonsense! Start serving ban at a point when the club needs serious players overhaul! Serve the ban and continue with these bunch of average players and an unhappy Hazard? This club is turning into a serious joke! Thanks for everything Roman! Guess it’s time to sell! Pls!!
— Bayo Adeshoga (@bayoadeshoga) May 17, 2019