FIFA have found Chelsea guilty of breaching rules in regards to signing minors and handed the club a two-transfer window ban today.
The Blues were deemed guilty by FIFA on Friday morning for their transfer activities for 29 players under the age of 18.
Therefore, Chelsea have received a fine of more than £460,000 for breaching FIFA’s article 19 rule and are banned from making any new signings across the next two transfer windows.
Football’s international governing body has given Chelsea 90 days to answer to their sanctions, but FIFA added that the woman’s and futsal teams will not be a part of the ban and players are still free to be released by the club.
Even the English FA look set to be fined £390,000 and have six months to address their own punishment to FIFA.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18,” read a FIFA statement.
“Chelsea were 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.
“The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods.
“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players.”
It’s unlikely though the ban will affect Chelsea’s signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund this summer after a sealing €64m deal in January.
The USA international will arrive at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after agreeing to remain at Dortmund on loan for the time being.
Meanwhile, The Blues will now be more desperate than ever to hold on to Eden Hazard amid strong interest from Real Madrid.
The Belgium captain has recently indicated he’s made a decision over his future, but has refused to shed light on it so far.