Chelsea Receives Two-Transfer Window Ban By FIFA

Chelsea could appeal the ban from FIFA

Chelsea have responded to the news that they will be unable to sign players for two transfer windows, saying that they "categorically refute" any wrongdoing.

Furthermore, Chelsea could appeal the severity of the sanction, given the fact that over 100 transfers were investigated, with "just" 29 found to be in breach, adds The Telegraph's Matt Law.

It's claimed that Chelsea could now offer players over the age of 30 longer than a one-year extension, through necessity more than anything.

The player was not registered with the FA and reports claim Federation Internationale de Football Association believed Chelsea misled them over dates concerning the signing of Traore's first professional contract.

In a statement, the disciplinary committee of world football's governing body said Chelsea would be banned from "registering new players at both national and worldwide level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods".

In addition, Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs (US$600,000) and given 90 days to "regularise the situation of the minor players concerned".

The move follows a Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation into Chelsea's signing of foreign under-18 players, including Bertrand Traore, a Burkina Faso global who now plays for the French Ligue 1 club Lyon. Both are at Chelsea on loan, and if they do enough to warrant Chelsea wanting to buy them, will this ban prevent them from happening?

The FA was also told that it has 6 months to address any blindspots in their regulations for the registration of foreign players at English clubs.

The punishment is the latest blow for Chelsea, who have dropped to sixth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Tuesday.

Chelsea can appeal this decision as well, though it's not clear yet if they will. UPDATE: Chelsea will appeal.

And FIFA's investigation into Chelsea's transfer business - which has resulted in a ban for the summer and winter windows, pending Chelsea's appeal - was caused by the circumstances surrounding Traore's move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea apparently did not take this rule change seriously, and is accused of violating this rule with the cases of 29 minor players.

Eden Hazard has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, possibly to Real Madrid, and this doesn't really change that.

The rules were brought in to help stop possible exploitation and trafficking of children.

They are not the first big club to fall foul of FIFA's rules on under 18s.

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