Chelsea have been banned by Fifa from signing players for the next two transfer windows.The charge comes after the club breached rules around the transfer of minors.
The club have also been fined £460,000.Standard Sport understands football’s world governing body looked into over 100 cases involving players under the age of 18, an investigation into deals dating back years.Chelsea are expected to appeal the decision, a time-consuming process which could push the process into and past the upcoming summer window. A statement reads:
“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 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.”The Football Association has also been found guilty of similar breaches involving minors and subsequently fined £390,000 and ordered to to resolve issues within six months.The statement continues:
“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as also confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”The decisions issued by the Disciplinary Committee were notified today and can be contested before the FIFA Appeal Committee.”