Published: Fri, February 22, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea hit with two-window transfer ban

Chelsea hit with two-window transfer ban

Federation Internationale de Football Association said that the club had been found guilty of 29 breaches of Article 19 - the most serious infringements relating to the registration of minors.

Last month it emerged that FIFA's investigation into Chelsea's transfer dealings had widened to examine arrangements with more than 100 foreign players under the age of 18.

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

Previous 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.

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 global transfer and registration of players under the age of 18".

Both Chelsea and the FA have also been fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association, with the club ordered to pay 600,000 Swiss francs and England's governing body charged 510,000 Swiss francs.

Chelsea FC have been banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows.

Under Fifa's article 19, the only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area where the player is aged between 16 and 18. 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.

Chelsea have been given three days to appeal against FIFA's decision.

The ban, which does not prevent the "release" of players is likely to have huge implications on the club's immediate future.

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

What that means for the futures of the likes of Eden Hazard is unknown.

The Belgian has less than 18 months to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is believed to be keen on a move to Real Madrid.

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