Chelsea have been found guilty of breaching FIFA rules about signing minors, and have been consequently punished with a two-window transfer ban.
A statement on the world’s football governing body official website says:
“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.”
FIFA’s disciplinary committee has therefore imposed the London club with a ban from registering new players on both national and international level for two consecutive registration periods. The women’s and the futsal team are not included in the ban, and it doesn’t affect any potential outgoing transfers.
The English Football Asociation has also been found guilty of breaching rules related to minors. A fine of CHF 510,000 was given to them, as well as a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.
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