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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Cole will fight tapping-up ruling
Arsenal defender Ashley Cole
Arsenal's Ashley Cole has confirmed he will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try and overturn a guilty verdict at his tapping-up appeal.

Cole will fight the case despite having his fine for illegal talks with Chelsea reduced from 100,000 to 75,000 at a Premier League appeal.

"I can confirm an appeal to the Premier League's decision has been lodged," said Cole's solicitor Graham Shear.

"We hope that CAS will hear the appeal in the next few months."

Cole and his legal team believe the punishment for meeting with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho - who was also fined for his part in the affair - and chief executive Peter Kenyon amounts to a restraint of trade.

The talks in a London hotel came as the England full-back was considering a move away from Arsenal.

Mourinho had his 200,000 penalty reduced to 75,000 by the same appeals committee which heard Cole's case and has accepted the guilty verdict, while Chelsea did not appeal against their 300,000 fine.

But the player is ready to test the Premier League rules which prevent a footballer from talking to another club while still under contract.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, was created in the 1980s to deal with legal disputes in the sporting world.

The Premier League had told BBC Sport they did not believe under competition rules Cole could appeal to CAS.

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