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Cole to appeal to CAS

August 11, 2005 23:07 IST

Arsenal's Ashley Cole is to take his "tapping-up" case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne after losing an appeal over the affair involving the England defender and Chelsea.

Originally fined 100,000 pounds ($180,400) by the Premier League for breaching rules on approaches to players, Cole lost an initial appeal on Wednesday -- although his fine was cut to 75,000 pounds.

But the England defender's solicitor Graham Shear said in a statement on Thursday that Cole is still not happy with the Premier League Appeals Committee verdict.

"Ashley is absolutely adamant that he will be proceeding with an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as he remains entirely dissatisfied with the result," Shear said.

Along with Cole, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho also lost his appeal on Wednesday -- but similarly had a 200,000 pound fine reduced to 75,000. As a club, Chelsea had accepted a fine of 300,000 pounds and had not appealed the original sanctions.

"It is interesting to note that Mr. Mourinho and Chelsea seem happy with their fines and punishments," Shear said.

"However, my client feels that he has done little, if anything, wrong and therefore is not satisfied with the result of the appeal."

The fines were originally handed out in June, following a meeting by those involved in a London hotel in January.

Chelsea have also been warned by the Premier League that the champions would be docked three points if they committed a similar offence this season.

 

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