As if Chelsea fans haven’t suffered enough recently, they discovered that their club has now been handed a two-window transfer ban by FIFA.
FIFA have punished the Blues for breaching rules regarding the signing of 29 minors.
“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,” a statement read.
“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.”
However, FIFA finished their statement suggesting that the transfer ban can be appealed by the club.
“The decisions issued by the Disciplinary Committee were notified today and can be contested before the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it concluded.
And it seems as though Chelsea will do just that, enabling them to take advantage of the situation.
Sports lawyer Jake Cohen has explained how the west London club will appeal the decision and then can ‘conduct business as usual.’
“Chelsea will appeal the transfer ban. Appeal will go to the FIFA Appeals Committee and then if necessary, the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Enforcement of the ban will almost certainly be stayed pending appeals process, meaning Chelsea are free to conduct business as usual.”
It will be a very lengthy process if Chelsea do decide to appeal and it won’t be concluded by this summer. The club can then prepare for the worst and sign a load of players.
The appeal may even reduce the ban to just one window - which could end up being January 2020.News Now - Sport News