Federation Internationale de Football Association accuses Chelsea of signing 25 minors

Mindy Sparks
January 19, 2018

The club has released a statement.


At the start of this season, back in the middle of September, news broke that Federation Internationale de Football Association had begun an investigation into Chelsea's youth transfer business of recent years - they can investigate as far back as 10 years, as per their own rules - looking for similar breaches of regulations that had gotten the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid banned from transfers for a window or two.

Chelsea have been accused of violating the rules on signing 25 underage players following an investigation by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

La Liga big guns Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all fallen foul of the rules in the past, with all three being handed transfer bans, preventing them from signing players for two consecutive transfer windows, although Real Madrid saw their ban reduced to one window after a successful appeal.

The newspaper said FIFA's transfer matching system (TMS) examined incoming deals involving the Premier League club and forwarded its findings to the organisation's disciplinary committee.

FIFA's suspicions surround Chelsea's dealing with youth players arose with the case of Bertrand Traoré, striker for Burkina Faso. He was signed to professional terms by Chelsea on 1 January 2014, the day the transfer window opened after his 18th birthday, but pictures would emerge of him playing for the club against Arsenal in a "non-competitive" game on 23 October 2011, when he was 16.

Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100 kilometres of the club.

Chelsea face a possible transfer ban after being accused of breaking Federation Internationale de Football Association rules in a recent investigation, according to The Guardian. The investigation is "expected to develop quickly over the coming months".

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