Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Chelsea for two transfer windows over under-age signings

Ruben Hill
February 22, 2019

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the worldwide transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

According to FIFA, Chelsea have 90 days to address the situation regarding the players signed for the club.

The ban does not prevent players being released by the club and it does not apply to Chelsea's women's and futsal teams.

Sky Sports News understands the punishments are a result of athree-year Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation related to the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

The west London club have been found to have breached article 19 of FIFA's regulations with regards to the transfer of 29 minor players and article 18 regarding two further minors.

The club have been heavily fined and given a two-window ban, for breaching rules around the transfers of minors.

The Blues have been banned from registering players for two consecutive transfer windows for 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

Premier League side Chelsea have been issued a ban for the next two transfer windows and fined after being found guilty by Federation Internationale de Football Association of breaching rules about signing minors.

The world governing body gave the FA a period of six months to update its processes concerning global transfers and the registration of minors. It was fined CHF 510,000 and given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the global transfer and first registration of minors in football.

The decision can be contested before FIFA's appeal committee. Players like Callum Hudson-Odoi have not been given a chance in the league this season but this ban could force the club to rethink the way they handle young players.

Of course, the club have already agreed to deal to bring in Christian Pulisic and he will still arrive in the summer.

But, should Chelsea be unable to sign a replacement, they could be forced into allowing Hazard to run his contract down.

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