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PSG lose appeal to sign Ziyech over Chelsea errors

The Parisian team presented an appeal to the LFP accusing the Premier League club of malpractice that resulted in the player not moving.

Chelsea's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 21, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Hakim Ziyech, the 29-year-old Chelsea player, will not be joining Paris Saint-Germain. As initially reported by Telefoot, the LFP’s Legal Commission, which met on Wednesday in Paris, did not rule in favor of the Parisians regarding the appeal lodged with the Ligue 1 authorities in an attempt to approve the Moroccan’s transfer, who signed his new contract yesterday, but whose documents did not arrive in time.

Ziyech staying with Chelsea

PSG argued that Chelsea had caused them a serious prejudice by sending wrong documents as many as three times so that Ziyech did not end up signing for a move to the French capital. The agreement between the two parties was complete, signing a loan deal, without an option to buy, until the end of the season. However, as the papers did not arrive in time, the LFP could not approve it.

PSG had hoped that the Legal Commission would deliver a final verdict in their favor as the non-signing of Ziyech had been solely and exclusively Chelsea’s responsibility. However, the LFP’s legal body would have considered potentially setting a dangerous precedent if it had found in favor of the Ligue 1 leaders.

The club, therefore, ends the winter transfer window without a single new signing and after having already sold Sarabia to Wolverhampton, Keylor Navas on loan to Wolverhampton and Ayman Kari to Lorient. The Champions League remains the main objective of the Qatari-funded club, but ensuring a French title is, a la Ziyech, far from a done deal.


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