As per a report from the Guardian this afternoon, Premier League giants Chelsea could soon be on the receiving end of a major transfer ban.
FIFA’s Chelsea case
The news comes on the back of a long-running investigation into Chelsea’s recent transfer dealings, with a particular emphasis on the arrival of players under the age of 18.
After opening their initial investigation early last year, FIFA quickly flagged 25 cases which they deemed to be worthy of ‘further scrutiny’.
World football’s governing body has since delved deeper into Chelsea’s dealings on the transfer market over recent years, with phase two of their inquiry having taken a close look at how the Blues have registered players in their academy system of late.
The capital giants were fully compliant with FIFA’s search, and opened their books with no hesitation.
However, as many as 100 cases have since required further investigation on the part of FIFA, with the organisation’s disciplinary committee currently in discussions regarding a potential sanction.
As per the Guardian:
‘The basic rule is that clubs cannot bring in players under 18 from other countries unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50km of a national border. Under Fifa’s Article 19, the only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area where the player is aged between 16 and 18.’
Chelsea’s potential ban
As such, if Chelsea are in fact found guilty of breaching FIFA’s transfer rules regarding the signing of players under the age of 18, the Londoners would likely face a transfer ban.
The Blues would then have the opportunity to appeal such a ban to both FIFA and the court of arbitration for sport.
Chelsea, for their part, have continued to insist that they have not been in breach of any rules or regulations, with the Premier League heavyweights contending that the majority of the 100+ players who’s arrivals at the club are under investigation were simply on trial, and did not go on to sign for them.
Regarding instances when Chelsea actually went on to make signings, meanwhile, the English giants maintain that they were fully compliant with FIFA’s rules.
Club aren’t very hopeful that we won’t get a ban I’ve been told but they will appeal it if it’s a long transfer ban so the club will probably still have the summer to bring in players. #TransferBan #Bumpy (Hudson-Odoi) a few of the bumpy issues coming to light now
— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) January 28, 2019