Chelsea handed transfer ban for the next two transfer windows

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Chelsea have been handed a transfer ban by FIFA for the next two transfer windows for breaching rules regarding the transfer of minors.

FIFA write: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

"Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.

'The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams - and does not prevent the release of players."

It means the Blues won't be able to sign any players in the summer, or in January 2020.

They have also been fined 600,000 Swiss Francs (£460,314).

What that means for the futures of the likes of Eden Hazard is unknown.

But it could mean that Chelsea will be even more reluctant to sell their star man knowing they won't be able to replace him.

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Of course, the club have already agreed to deal to bring in Christian Pulisic and he will still arrive in the summer.

And Gonzalo Higuain's loan agreement is 18 months, meaning he could yet remain at the club for the 2019/20 campaign.

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