World football governing body Fifa bans Chelsea from signing players for the next two transfer windows for breaching rules covering young players
Chelsea has just 3 days to appeal the ban or comply to Fifa’s terms. The ban includes a fine of £460,000 in addition to that, the English FA was also fined £390,000 and were given six months to improve their dealings with international players under 18 years.
The Reason FIFA Bans Chelsea
according to investigations by Fifa, Chelsea were found guilty of breaching art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of signing 29 under aged players incluing former striker Bertrand Traore.
however, the ban does not affect the release of players and the female team and futsal teams.
Early 2016 saw both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid received a similar bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors, while Barcelona recieved a longer ban in 2014 after breaking rules for signing international minors.
What are Fifa’s rules?
Fifa bans the transfer of minors to different countries unless they meet strict criteria. According to this criteria, A minor player can only be signed in a foreign couuntry if the parents a living in the country or moved in to the country for a non footballing reason.
Both clubs are under the umbreller of the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18. Also, the club purchaseing must meet the following criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.
The player and family must live within 100km of the club.
The rules were brought in to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.
Chelsea seems likely to appeal the decision but, if the appeal is not successful. They might use the opportunity to bring back their wealth of players on loan.
This may be a very big blow to chelsea as star player Hazard’s feature is still on the air. Sarri is unable to make good use of the players at hand.
Whats next for Chelsea?