Arsenal full-back Ashley Cole last night began his fight to clear his name in post-season 'tapping-up'.
The Premier League confirmed an appeal had been lodged by the England player's legal team over sanctions imposed by an independent commission last week.
Cole was found guilty of making an illegal approach to another club and fined £100,000 for " unacceptable" conduct by the commission, which fined Chelsea £300,000, imposed a suspended three-point deduction and fined manager Jose Mourinho £200,000.
Cole's agent Jonathan Barnett, although criticised, did not come under the jurisdiction of the commission.
Cole's legal team, led by solicitor Graham Shear, have made a formal appeal which is likely to focus on existing legislation acting as restraint of trade.
The case will be heard by an FA Premier League appeals board, consisting of an independent, legally-qualified chairman and two FA councillors. Chelsea still have time before the 14-day deadline, from June 1, to appeal against the sanctions imposed. The saga could yet be settled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. Cole felt aggrieved by lack of support from Arsenal, in particular vice-chairman David Dein, following stalled contract talks.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are understood to be interested in £20 millionrated Cole although Arsenal say they want him to stay. Cole, at the weekend, said: "I can't help feeling it's all over."
Barnett, meanwhile, could be subject to sanctions from the FA. Although he and European agent Pini Zahavi were criticised for their alleged role in instigating the meeting between Chelsea and Cole, no disciplinary measures were imposed as their actions do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Premier League.
The FA code of conduct for all agents registered in England complies with Fifa guidelines and they are investigating whether those articles were contravened. As Zahavi is not registered in England, the FA will pass on any relevant information to Fifa and the Israeli FA.
Barnett said, after last week's damning verdict: "We are not prepared to accept what has happened and we will do what it takes to clear our names."