Cádiz have received the legal documents from FIFA detailing the basis of their sanction in the ongoing case against Watford.

The Premier League side complained to FIFA earlier this year over the Spanish side’s signing of Mamadou Mbaye last summer.

The defender left Vicarage Road last summer, but the Hornets argued that he had done so without their permission.

They took the case to FIFA, who agreed, banning Mbaye for four months, ordering him to pay compensation to Watford and banning Cádiz from signing players for two transfer windows.

They have proclaimed their innocence in the case, and plan to take it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, although that may end up delayed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus around Europe.

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They can now proceed with their efforts to get the ban overturned, with Diario de Cádiz reporting that they have received the required ‘legal foundations’ of FIFA’s case so they can do so.

The Spanish club are now studying those documents so they can mount their defence and continue to insist the ‘did not commit any infraction’.

They assert that they checked in FIFA’s systems that the player had left Watford before signing him and it was stated there that he was a free agent.

Their first will be to ask for a ‘precautionary suspension’ of the sanction while the case is being ruled over by CAS, meaning this story is one that is set to run on for some time yet.