Chelsea Slapped With Huge Transfer Ban
Eight times Premier League champions, Chelsea have been banned for two transfer windows after the club was found guilty of breaching rules around the transfer of minors.
The club have also been imposed with a fine of £460,000. According to Standard Sport, world football governing body, Fifa looked into 29 incidences of Chelsea breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.
FIFA said in a statement:
The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players.
The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.
The statement continued:
The disciplinary committee 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 ban applies to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women's and futsal teams - and does not prevent the release of players.
Prior instances of similar infractions involving other clubs have seen the clubs involved appeal against the penalties, delaying the implementation of a registration ban and allowing them to sign players.
The London club were also fined 600,000 Swiss francs (over £460,000), while the FA has been fined 510,000 Swiss francs (over £390,000) for also breaching the rules in connection with minors.
Chelsea are expected to appeal the decision, a time-consuming process which could push the process into and past the upcoming summer window.