Leicester have accepted defeat in their attempts to reverse FIFA’s decision to block Adrien Silva’s registration following his deadline day move from Sporting.
The Foxes missed the deadline to register Silva as a Leicester player by 14 seconds on the final day of the summer transfer window but had hoped to successfully appeal FIFA’s judgement.
However, Michael Appleton’s side have now announced defeat in their attempts and now it means that Silva will not be able to feature for his new club until January at the very earliest.
“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,” a statement read on Leicester’s official website.
“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.
“Our frustration at the denial of effective due process doubles our disappointment at the original outcome and 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.
“We intend to register Adrien at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, he will remain under our care, training with the squad under the supervision of our coaching, medical and sport science staff.”
The decision means Leicester will be short of a midfielder for the rest of the year after they sold Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea as a result of Silva’s impending arrival.
Leicester announced their decision to sack Craig Shakespeare last week after the club’s tough start to the season and the 53-year-old could have done with the Portugal international available for selection.
The Foxes are only one point above the bottom three after winning two of their opening nine league matches.