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OFFICIAL: Chelsea banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows

OFFICIAL: Chelsea banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows


Chelsea has been banned by FIFA from two transfer services for violating the rules on the transfer of minors.

The club in West London is in violation of article 19 of the FIFA regulations with regard to the transfer of 29 minor players and article 18 with regard to two other minors.

They also received a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs (528,800 euros), while the football federation received a fine of 510,000 Swiss francs.

The ban does not prevent players from being released and does not apply to the women and futsal teams of Chelsea.
The Premier League club had three days to appeal against the decision of the world governing  body.

It comes after a FIFA study into the signing by the Blues of foreign players under the age of 18, including the former striker Bertrand Traore.

Based on Football Leaks documents, Mediapart French website claimed had reviewed 19 Chelsea signing in a three-year study.


A FIFA statement reads:

"The FIFA Disciplinary Commission has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for violations involving the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
'Chelsea turned out to have violated art. 19 of the regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and committed several other infringements regarding registration requirements for players. The club has also violated art. 18bis of the regulations in connection with two agreements it has concluded with regard to minors and which has enabled it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.
'The Disciplinary Commission has sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This prohibition applies to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women's and futsal teams - and does not prevent players from being released.
"In addition, the club was fined CHF 600,000 and received a period of 90 days to regularize the situation of the underage players involved.

'The football association also appeared to have broken the rules relating to minors. It received a fine of CHF 510,000 and was granted a period of six months to deal with the situation regarding the international transfer and the first registration of minors in football.

"The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA's overall regulatory framework with regard to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is of the utmost importance, as has also been confirmed on several occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. .
'The statements of the Disciplinary Committee have been brought to the notice today and can be challenged before the FIFA Appeals Committee.'

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