Leicester City have decided not to contest FIFA’s decision on the transfer of Adrien Silva thus confirming they will not be bringing up the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The 28-year-old Portuguese midfielder joined former Premier League champions in a deal worth £22 million on summer transfer Deadline Day but a reported 14-second delay in deal completion prevented the Foxes from registering their summer signing in time for the 2017/18 season.
The former Sporting CP star was ultimately denied permission to play official matches for Leicester City until the transfer window reopens in January.
Leicester City and the Football Association approached FIFA to ratify the transfer and work out a deal despite submitting the paperwork only 14 seconds late but World’s governing body rejected the request.
The Premier League club have issued a statement regarding Adrien Silva’s case in which they ‘reluctantly accept the single-judge 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.”, a club spokesperson said.
The Foxes did confirm they will take a firm stand behind any possible decision made by the player himself to continue to challenge the decision.
“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.”
As things stand, the Portuguese star should be available for the Foxes’ New Year’s Day fixture against Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City play host to Leeds United in Carabao Cup round of 16 on Tuesday night and are given 1.59 (10/17) betting odds to claim a win.