Wednesday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Chelsea are to take their appeal against their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA today upheld a ban against the club signing any senior players during the next two transfer windows.

A Chelsea statement says they catergorically refute the findings of the FIFA Appeal Committee, which agreed they had broken rules over the signing of minors.

The club hope that an appeal to CAS (PR: Cass) will at least see the ban frozen, allowing them to sign players this summer.

The Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says it will be very difficult for his side to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City next season, if they can’t sign any new players.

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen (PR: Vare-tong-en) has been passed fit for tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg away to Ajax.

The Belgian defender sustained a facial injury during last week’s first leg defeat at White Hart Lane.

Spurs trail tonight’s hosts by a goal to nil heading into tonight’s game, which has an 8pm start at the Johann Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool await the winners in next month’s final in Madrid.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington has successfully lobbied to have the number of European Ryder Cup wild cards reduced to three.

The European captain for next year at Whistling Straits says he wanted more players on his team who had qualified automatically.

Harrington will annouce his three wild card picks after next year’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

RUGBY

London Irish have made another statement signing ahead of their return to the English Premiership.

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo will join the Exiles in the summer.

Former Munster and Ireland Head Coach, Declan Kidney has already secured the services of Sean O’Brien and Paddy Jackson as well as Aussie trio Nick Phipps, Sekope Kepu and Curtis Rona.