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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.'