Leicester City on Tuesday announced that they would not be contesting FIFA’s decision on Adrien Silva’s transfer, confirming that they would not go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal football governing body’s ruling.
“It was our intention to submit an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for expedited proceedings so that the matter could be resolved as quickly as possible. However, it has been made clear to us that FIFA will not support an expedited process, forcing the Club to reluctantly accept the single-judge ruling of FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee without reasonable opportunity for independent arbitration that is timely enough to be effective,” Leicester City said in a statement.
The 28-year-old Silva joined the Foxes in a £22 million deal from Sporting Lisbon on August 31, the final day of the summer transfer window.
However, due to a delay in completing the transfer (reportedly 14 seconds!), the Portuguese was denied permission to play in official matches till the transfer window reopens on anuary 1, 2018.
Silva, who played a crucial role in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 triumph, came up through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon and won the Taca de Portugal with the Leos twice (2008 and 2015) during his eight seasons with their senior side.
“Our frustration at the denial of effective due process doubles our disappointment at the original outcome and while the Club is now essentially powerless to continue to challenge the decision, we will continue to support Adrien in any personal appeal he wishes to undertake. We intend to register Adrien at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, he will remain under our care, training with the squad under the supervision of our coaching, medical and sport science staff,” the club added.
First team assistant manager Michael Appleton has taken charge of the senior side as the Foxes are yet to announce a replacement for Shakespeare.