| PARIS, Sept 4
PARIS, Sept 4 Cases like that of teenager Gael
Kakuta are ruining football, French Football Federation (FFF)
president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said on Friday.
"We discussed the Kakuta case and those transfers of young
kids which are ruining football," he told Reuters after an FFF
meeting as he welcomed FIFA's decision to sanction Chelsea.
"We had alerted FIFA and the relevant (English) Federation
against such misbehaviour," he added.
"This is like Qatar, who send their sporting director to the
Paris area to recruit youngsters. We are perfectly happy to see
such misbehaviour being sanctioned."
Chelsea were banned on Thursday by soccer's world governing
body from signing players until January 2011 for improper
conduct when they signed Kakuta, now 18, from French side Racing
Lens in 2007.
Chelsea captain John Terry, asked about the ban during an
England news conference ahead of Saturday's friendly with
Slovenia, said: "It was a big shock for me, I have spoken to the
club this morning and they are appealing over the matter."
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, speaking after a
training session with Serbia ahead of their World Cup qualifier
against France on Wednesday, told Reuters:
"I can't comment on the ban but we have a good team capable
of challenging for the top honours. We will do our best to live
up to the club's ambitions, and we all know what they are."
Matthieu Reeb, secretary general of the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS) based in Lausanne, said Chelsea can expect a
decision on their appeal by December.
CAS has the final judgement in the matter.
"If the appeal is fielded within the deadline of the next 21
days we should have the appeal in the next two or three weeks.
"Then the CAS can proceed in an expedited manner depending
on whether the party has agreed to expedite the procedure," Reeb
told Sky Sports News.
"But at the least we will probably issue a decision at the
end of November or mid-December.
"We will have a panel of three arbitrators, so three judges.
One will be selected by Chelsea the other by FC Lens and FIFA
and the chairman will be CAS.
"It will be a final decision which would replace the FIFA
decision if necessary. The CAS decision can be appealed only
before the Swiss Supreme Court, which is for the Swiss tribunal.
"There could be a final ruling before Christmas."
(Reporting by Christophe Michel, additional reporting by
Mike Collett in London and Zoran Milosavljevic in Belgrade,
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