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FIFA has beaten Chelsea with a ban on registration for the next two transfer windows, preventing them from signing up for new players until summer 2020 due to violations of the signing of players under the age of 1
After a three-year investigation into how the club signed young players for their academy, FIFA decided that Chelsea broke its rule, which essentially prohibits signing minors from other countries, with a few exceptions. Chelsea were charged with 92 violations of this rule and found themselves guilty of 29, but it has not been specified who they were playing. The club claims that most of these players were on short-term trials, and that there is no rule against getting at minors for trial. In cases where a player was actually signed, they say everything was over the board.
Chelsea will still be able to take back all their about five billion players who are out on loan, even with the ban, so it won It does not affect, for example, Christian Pulicic’s move to the club. And even though this is usually called a “transfer ban”, it is actually a ban on registering new players. This difference means that Chelsea can still sign players from other clubs but will not be able to sign them to play for Chelsea until the ban is up. (See: Turan, Arda.) Still, it’s a massive blow to a club in flux between an older, unhappy generation led by Eden Hazard and his desire to move to Real Madrid and a potential new crop of players who can best fit fighting director Maurizio Sarri’s favorite style of play.
In addition to the ban, Chelsea was fined SEK 460,000 and gave 90 days to “regulate the situation of the smaller players affected”, which may mean they have to get rid of all the players they illegally brought with the club. Chelsea say they will appeal the penalty for arbitration for sport arbitration, and if it takes as long as the transfer ban addresses Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid a few years ago, the appeal process will likely delay the effect of the ban long enough for to possibly allow Chelsea to sign and register new players this summer.[ The Guardian ]