LITESPORT 42 Thursday, 3 September 2009 London Lite FIFA BAN ONChelsea hammered for inducing player to breach club contract THE BOMBSHELL news of Chelseas FIFA ban has made it even more important for them to secure new deals with their existing players. Peter Kenyon hailed the new contracts signed by Ashley Cole, John Terry and Didier Drogba as a key part of Chelseas summer activity and says midfielder Joe Cole should be the next star to put pen to paper. The Blues made only one big signing this summer Russian Yuri Zhirkov arriving from CSKA Moscow for 18m. But England duo Ashley Cole and Terry followed Drogbas example by signing new contracts to commit their long-term futures to the club and Kenyon believes that is as important as signing three world-class players. The Chelsea chief executive said: Weve concentrated very hard this summer in retaining the players we have. Inevitably in a transfer window it is all about who you bring in but we shouldnt overlook who we have got. If you look at Didier Drogba, John Terry or Ashley Cole, they are world-class players that could walk into any other team in Europe and I am delighted that we have retained them. And Kenyon believes Joe Cole will be next. He has been out of action since January with a persistent knee injury and his current contract expires next June. But Kenyon said: Joe is just back in training and we are all delighted to see that. We want -- and he wants -- to remain at Chelsea. BY HARRY LANE Inbrief Van in U-turn over World Cup RUUD VAN NISTELROOY wants to return to international football and is aiming for a place in the Dutch squad for the 2010 World Cup finals. Van Nistelrooy, 33, announced his retirement from the international scene after Euro 2008, but the Real Madrid striker said today: I want to be important at Real Madrid. Also, I want to fight so that the national team call me and to be able to play at the World Cup. By George hell handle pressure TERRY BUTCHER believes Scotland boss George Burley is bearing up well under the pressure of having to reach the World Cup play-offs in order to save his job. Speculation about Burleys future has increased since the 4-0 defeat by Norway in Oslo last month. Butcher said: George is the same, he hasnt changed. It has been very trying but that is part of football management. We all have had that before. Stephen Hunts for three points STEPHEN HUNT is targeting nothing less than a win from the Republic of Irelands World Cup qualifier against Cyprus in Nicosia on Saturday. Victory over the Cypriots would maintain the Republics quest to challenge world champions and Group Eight leaders Italy. Hunt said: To qualify, we have to win three points. Italy have that way about them that they will always do just enough to qualify. Nigel Worth his weight in gold RANGERS midfielder Steven Davis believes Northern Ireland are on the rise because of the bond between management and players. The province are aiming for their fifth successive victory in World Cup qualifiers on Saturday when they face Poland in Chorzow. Davis said: This groups been together largely for the last couple of years, theres good camaraderie. We all work for each other and work for the manager. Tigers sign up a massive name HULL today confirmed the signing of Jan Venegoor of Hesselink on a two-year deal. The Dutchman, 30, was a free agent after leaving Celtic at the end of last season and therefore could sign for the Tigers outside the transfer window. Im delighted we have beaten off all the competition to bring him to the KC stadium, said Hull chairman Paul Duffen. Weve been looking at Jan since July. Cole comfort: Joe Cole is to sign a new deal ... new Joe Cole deal now becomes vital BY GEOFF TEATHER CHELSEA have been banned from regis- tering any new players for the next two transfer windows in a shock move by FIFA after being found guilty of inducing a French teenager to breach his contract with another club. Gael Kakuta, 18, joined Chelsea from Lens two years ago after which the French club lodged a complaint with FIFA. Now FIFAs dispute resolution chamber (DRC) has ruled that Kakuta breached his contract with Lens and that Chelsea induced him to do so. FIFA said in a statement: The French club had lodged a claim with FIFA seek- ing compensation for breach of contract from the player and requesting also sporting sanctions to be imposed on the player and the English club for breach of contract and inducement to breach of contract respectively. The DRC found that the player had indeed breached a contract signed with the French club. Equally, the DRC deemed it to be established that the English club induced the player to such breach. As a result the player was condemned to pay compensation in the amount of 780,000, for which the club, Chelsea, is jointly and severally liable, and sporting sanctions were imposed on both the player and Chelsea in accordance with art. 17 par. 3 and 4 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players. A restriction of four months on his eligibility to play in official matches is imposed on the player Gael Kakuta while the club Chelsea is banned from register- ing any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the two next entire and consecutive registration periods following the notification of the present decision. Furthermore, Chelsea, has to pay RC Lens training compensation in the amount of 130,000. Chelsea have the right to appeal against the decision and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Given the severity of the punishment, it is almost certain the club will take that course of action. Kakuta, a skilful left-winger, is viewed as Chelseas most promising young player. He ended his first season as top scorer in the youth side and was voted the academys player of the year. His second season was brought to an abrupt end in February by a double frac- ture of his ankle. Kakuta will pay a fine of 682,000 and has been handed a four-month playing ban. Thats your Lotti: boss Carlo Ancelotti index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html