- Leicester move on Silva after Drinkwater joins Chelsea
- £22m deal agreed for Silva ‘subject to international clearance’
- FIFA block transfer after paperwork filed 14 seconds late
- Silva not playing at club level and dropped by Portugal
- Leicester’s appeal to FIFA is rejected
Leicester City say they’re considering contacting the Court Arbitration of Sport (CAS) after FIFA rejected their appeal for reverse the decision to block Adrien Silva’s registration.
The Foxes insist they signed the 29-year-old for £22m from Sporting CP before the deadline on August 31 and say they have evidence supporting such claims. However, FIFA recently rejected their appeal to sanction the transfer.
“We can confirm the following decision of the Single Judge of the Players’ Status Committee: the petition made by The Football Association for permission to request the International Transfer Certificate for the player Adrien Silva and subsequently register the player for its’ affiliated club, Leicester City FC, is rejected.” FIFA said in a statement, reports the Telegraph.
Leicester identified Silva as a replacement for Chelsea-bound midfielder Danny Drinkwater and had agreed a £22m deal to bring him to the King Power Stadium on deadline day.
However, FIFA refused to sanction the deal as they claim the relevant paperwork was submitted 14 seconds late – their electronic system places records’ exact timings.
City’s appeal to FIFA has since been unsuccessful, all the while Silva has been in limbo – unable to train with his new club and having lost his place in the Portugal squad.
Leicester released their own statement after FIFA’s decision, revealing Silva likely won’t be registered until the January transfer window opens.
“Leicester City Football Club has received notification from FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee that the international transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting Clube de Portugal to Leicester City has not been approved.
“The Club is therefore unable to complete the registration of Adrien’s transfer from Sporting. As a result, he will be ineligible for selection until January, when the transfer window – and its associated registration period – re-opens.”
A Leicester City spokesman did suggest the Midlands club were considering appealing to CAS, saying: “We maintain, and have made strong representations to FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee, that all parties involved in Adrien’s transfer fulfilled their obligations, consistent with FIFA regulations and within the required timeframe.
“The Club is reserving its position in relation to whether it will decide to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Club and its staff will continue to work with Adrien to hopefully minimise the impact that missing a substantial period of the season may have on the player.”
If Leicester are unsuccessful, they will have to wait until January 1 before Silva will officially be a City player.