Chelsea handed 2 windows ban for breaching rules over youth signings
English club Chelsea FC have been handed a two transfer window ban and fined £460,000 by FIFA for breaching the rules around the transfer of young players.
After the lengthy investigation by world football’s governing body, Chelsea is charged with the fine of £460,000 and FA is also found to have broken rules and fined £390,000. Chelsea has 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. As a result, they will now not be allowed to register new recruits this summer or next January. They will still be allowed to sell but it does not apply to their women’s teams. and the blues have stated their intention to appeal the two-window transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA for alleged breaches of regulations regarding the acquisition of players under the age of 18. In an official statement issued by the club they stated
Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will, therefore, be appealing the decision. The club wishes to emphasize that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation. Initially, Chelsea FC was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players. We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players. Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”
The FA also wants to appeal the decision. And will however continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case.