Chelsea will be free to sign players in the January transfer window after their transfer ban was halved.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced this morning that the London club’s appeal had been successful, resulting in a reduction of the club’s two-window ban to one, which was served in the summer.
It means Frank Lampard will be able to strengthen his squad during the January window, with the club legend reportedly set to be handed substantial funds.
Fifa had handed down the punishment after ruling that Chelsea had broken rules relating to players under the age of 18, with 150 violations involving 69 academy players over the course of several seasons.
The Blues were also fined £460,000.
Speaking in November, Lampard said: “As Chelsea we will always look to improve in windows if we can.
“If we’re allowed to and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are adding to the squad.”