Adrien Silva’s application to be allowed to join Leicester City on a provisional basis has been turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The midfielder’s intended move from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, to the Foxes, was blocked by FIFA because it fell outside the registration period by just 14 seconds.
Leicester signed the 28-year-old just before the transfer window closed on 31 August but FIFA, which handles international transfers, received the paperwork moments after the deadline for registration had ended.
Silva appealed against this decision to the CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, and applied for “urgent provisional measures” which would allow him to register for Leicester until the final appeal was heard.
But CAS said in a statement that it had rejected the application for provisional measures.
However, they did say that proceedings would continue “and a final decision on the merits will be issued after a hearing, which is yet to be fixed.”
In August, Sporting agreed to sell Silva for £22 million, pending international clearance.
However, because the transfer missed the deadline, it means he is unable to play for the Premier League club until January 2018.
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