Roma have won an appeal against a FIFA ban that prevented them from signing new players.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) accepted Roma’s appeal against the FIFA decision. The original verdict followed a dispute over the signing of French defender Philippe Mexes from Auxerre last year.

Ghana defender Samuel Kuffour, Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei and Democratic Republic of Congo forward Shabani Nonda have all been waiting for the ban to end in order to be registered ahead of the new Serie A season which starts on August 28.

In July FIFA imposed a one-year ban on Roma stopping them signing any new players bought from domestic or international clubs after Auxerre demanded compensation for the loss of Mexes.

Auxerre claimed they had not given Mexes permission to leave and complained that Roma had encouraged the player to break his contract. FIFA ruled Mexes should pay €8m to the French club as compensation.