Blues facing two-year transfer ban after breaking Federation Internationale de Football Association rules

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2018

Chelsea are reportedly among five Premier League clubs facing a transfer ban amid FIFA's investigation into the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.

Following the FIFA santions handed out to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, Premier League side Chelsea FC could be the next of football's world elite to be punished for the illegal signing of underage players.

The identity of the four other clubs involved in the investigation is not yet clear, however, presumably, Manchester City are a part of it as well. The proceedings are ongoing and, to date, no decision has been passed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association judicial bodies.

Fifa's rules prohibit the worldwide transfer of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons unconnected with football, or if both the player and the purchasing club are based within 50km of a national border.

Moreover, for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area, the minimum age of the player has been set at 16 with the club handling the responsibility of his education and standard of living.

Chelsea could be hit with a two-year transfer ban and a fine from Federation Internationale de Football Association over the deal that saw them sign Bertrand Traore.

Real's punishment was halved to one window on appeal.

FIFA confirmed they were investigating Chelsea back in September 2017, though a club spokesman insisted the club "complies with all FIFA Statutes and Regulations when recruiting players".

It is unclear whether or not the cases against Chelsea or the other four Premier League clubs are close to completion. The value at that time was 177,000 euros, with a further 15,000 euros being paid to his club AJE Bobo-Dioulasso, which happened to be chaired by the player's mother. The club subsequently admitted they had acquired a first-refusal option to sign the player in April 2011, with "the option agreement registered with, and approved by, both the FA and the Premier League".

Traore was sold to Lyon for £8.8 million in June 2017 after 16 first-team appearances for Chelsea.

Barcelona were given a 14-month transfer ban for breaking rules on signing global players under 18 in 2014 and fined £305,000.

An additional three-window ban was reportedly added due to the club's signings of several other players who were under 18.

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