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Jan 25, 2006

Cole loses appeal over Chelsea 'tapping up'

England full-back Ashley Cole has failed in his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the £75,000 fine imposed for breaking Premier League rules by discussing a transfer to Chelsea last season.

The CAS have ruled that the appeal filed by the Arsenal full-back was 'not admissible' because the CAS have 'no jurisdiction to rule on the dispute between Mr Cole and the Football Association Premier League'.

Cole was fined in August last year along with Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho after an inquiry found them guilty of breaking regulations by meeting about a possible transfer.

Cole disagreed with the fine - which had been reduced to £75,000 - and vowed to challenge the decision in front of the CAS. His case was submitted to a panel of Jans Nater, Stuart McUnnes and Jan Paulsson but the Premier League objected to CAS jurisdiction.

A statement released by the CAS said: 'The CAS Panel noted that the FAPL regulations do not contain any reference to a right of appeal to the CAS.

'On the contrary, the same regulations state that the decisions of the Appeal Board shall be final.

'The fact that the FIFA statutes do allow appeals to the CAS against decisions rendered by national federations or leagues is not sufficient to establish the jurisdiction of the CAS if there is no direct reference to CAS arbitration in the regulations of the body whose decision is being appealed against.

'Consequently, as there was no specific agreement between the parties to submit this matter to the CAS, the panel has declined jurisdiction.

'As this decision terminates the arbitration procedure, the sanction imposed by the FAPL Appeal Board on Ashley Cole shall stand.'