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The Sydney Swans have announced they will appeal to have their AFL trade ban lifted.
Swans chairman Andrew Pridham confirmed the club will front a specially-convened meeting of the AFL Commission on December 15 to contest the restrictions.
The club's decision on Monday night came just hours after AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan publicly urged Sydney to accept the ban saying, they "can't have everyone".
AFL powerbrokers imposed the ban earlier this month, preventing the Swans from trading until the end of the 2016 season unless they abandon their cost of living allowance - a bone of contention for other clubs during Sydney's recent era of on-field success.
The ruling also stopped the club from signing up any restricted or unrestricted free agents for the coming two seasons.
Pridham would not expand on the case the Swans will put against the ban, saying it "would be inappropriate and disrespectful of the process".
McLachlan admitted on Monday the ban decision was complex, admitting the Swans had made a "strong and compelling" case that they had worked within the rules in signing the likes of Kurt Tippett and Lance Franklin.
However he stood by the "stark" bans.
"I can't comment on what their view on challenging (is)," McLachlan said.
"We've had an ongoing dialogue with the Swans for some time, it's just been a very tough one.
"There have to be some constraints. You can't have everyone."
The Swans expressed their disappointment with the rulings from the moment the edict was handed down earlier this month.

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