Chelsea appeal two-window ban
Fifa have confirmed that Chelsea have appealed their two-window transfer ban.
The governing body first looked into Chelsea’s activity in September 2017, and the club have now been charged on their transfers involving foreign under-18 players.
Following an investigation into 92 cases of the club’s transfer activity, Fifa found that 29 cases breached their rules.
According to Mediapart, Lyon forward Bertrand Traore was found to have been playing for Chelsea while not being registered by the FA. The Burkina Faso international had played 25 games for the under-16, 18 and senior teams.
The club have admitted to paying Traore’s mother £155,000 in April 2011 in order to have first refusal on the player, they then paid a further £13,000 to AJE Bobo-Dioulasso, a club she chaired.
Fifa’s policy on youth contracts is a limit set at a three year deal. However, Traore was given a four and a half year contract.
If the Fifa’s proposed ban goes through, the club cannot sign players for two successive transfer windows.
As well as the transfer ban, Chelsea have been fined £460,000 while the FA are fined £390,000.
However, players can still leave the club. The likes of Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi can still be sold while manager Maurizio Sarri is unable to sign replacements.
Manchester City are currently being investigated for similar breaches while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all received transfer bans.
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