FIFA has upheld Chelsea transfer ban, as the Premier League club won’t be able to sign players during the next two transfer windows.
The only change to the ban, until the end of January 2020, is that the Blues can sign under-16 players from the UK during the suspension period.
Chelsea were slapped with a two-window transfer ban and fined £460,000 earlier this year after FIFA’s investigation into the signings of foreign players under the age of 18.
Fifa said it found breaches in 29 cases out of the 92 investigated. It is unclear which players are related to the breach of regulations.
A statement from FIFA read;
“With respect to all men’s teams, the ban on registering new players, both nationally and internationally for two registration periods, has been confirmed by the FIFA Appeal Committee, with the following exception:
“The FIFA Appeal Committee believes that Chelsea’s wrongdoing consisted in not respecting the prohibition from internationally transferring or registering for the first time foreign minor players.
“In the committee´s opinion, imposing a ban on registering each and every minor would not be proportionate to the offence committed.
“Consequently, the FIFA Appeal Committee decided that, as far as youth categories are concerned, the ban shall not cover the registration of minor players under the age of 16 who do not fall under the scope of art. 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, which refers to international transfers and first registrations of foreign minor players.”
The club can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.