Kakuta who?

Published 19 January 2010 By: Daniel Geey

What has happened?

On 3 September 2009 the FIFA Dispute Resulution Chamber (the DRC) ruled on a case concerning French player Gael Kakuta and Chelsea. The DRC heavily sanctioned Chelsea for inducing the player to breach his contract with Lens. Chelsea are thought to have believed that there was no signed contract in place between Kakuta and Lens and was therefore available to be signed once Kakuta turned 16. As a result, Chelsea have been banned from registering any player until the January 2011 transfer window and must pay compensation to the tune of almost €1m.


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Daniel Geey

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