The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday (4 February 2010) endorsed by means of an “Award by Consent” the settlement of a dispute announced by Chelsea Football Club, England, and Racing Club de Lens, France.

This brings an end to the appeal arbitration procedure before the CAS panel in charge of the proceedings. By means of the Award by Consent rendered by CAS, the latter has approved and ratifies the terms of the settlement agreement reached by the two clubs as well as the player, Gaël Kakuta, whose move to the English club had been the basis for the dispute.

The FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) had issued a first ruling that also banned Chelsea Football Club from registering any new players for two registration periods. However, as the wording of the agreement (link to the CAS media release provided below) completely changes the facts given at the moment the DRC passed its decision, FIFA did not oppose to CAS issuing the Award by Consent under the new circumstances.

FIFA always actively encourages clubs to try to resolve disputes by means of amicable settlements rather than litigation. The dispute resolution system provided by world football’s governing body is only intended as a last resort.

To view the CAS media release in English, please click on the link to the right.