Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Federation Internationale de Football Association investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

Federation Internationale de Football Association investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

The signing (s) can only be carried out if the player (s) in question's parents migrated to the country for non-footballing reasons or if both the club and the player are based within 50 km of an global border.

Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18.

It was first reported in September 2017 that Chelsea were being investigated.

Traore was not officially confirmed as a Chelsea player until 2014, but it has been well documented that the player featured in a trial match for the Blues way back in 2011.

The identities of the other four clubs under investigation have not been revealed, but Federation Internationale de Football Association has previously confirmed Manchester City's activities involving the signing of youth players were under review, even though the club denied any knowledge of the situation.

Barcelona were given a 14-month transfer ban for breaking rules on signing worldwide players under 18 in 2014 and fined £305,000.


Real's punishment was halved from two transfer windows to one. They claim that the unit have suggested a £45,000 fine and an embargo on all signings for a total of four transfer windows.

Chelsea are sweating over the prospect of being handed a two-year transfer ban for signing 14 youth players illegally, according to reports.

The identity of the four other clubs involved in the investigation is not yet clear, however, presumably, Manchester City are a part of it as well. And a further £13,000 was paid to the club AJE Bobo-Dioulasso, chaired by Traore's mother. Two players who were signed by Barca while the club's case was pending - Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal - were made to wait for their debuts.

Traore - who now plays for Ligue 1 side Lyon after leaving Chelsea in a £8.8m deal - also agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Blues despite players under 18 only being allowed to sign for three years.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have both previously received bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors in early 2016, while Barcelona were given a 14-month ban after breaking rules for signing worldwide under-18s in 2014. Real, in turn, accused CAS of "lacking the courage to revoke the ruling entirely".

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