FIFA have denied Chelsea's request to freeze their transfer ban during the appeals process.
The Blues had been banned from signing new players until January 2020, after breaking rules over the signing of players under the age of 18.
As a result, Chelsea have launched an appeal and have denied any wrongdoing.
But FIFA have rebuffed any request for Chelsea to carry on registering players until the appeal is fully investigated, casting doubts over their ability to make signings over the summer.
It's been speculated that Chelsea will now ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport to grant a temporary ruling, forcing FIFA into postponing their ban until their argument is heard.
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Chelsea have their request denied
Chelsea were slapped with a £460,000 fine and the Football Association followed that up with their own £390,000 punishment.
The news will be met with disdain by Chelsea, especially considering FIFA have used more relaxed measures while investigating Spanish teams.
Players like Christian Pulisic - who are already registered to the club - will not be affected by the new ruling and will be clear to play for the Blues next season.
The ban covers two transfer windows, but won't influence the women's or futsal team nor will it prevent Chelsea from releasing players in the summer.
Chelsea release a statement
The club itself reacted to the news by saying: "The club acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and has already notified FIFA of its intention to appeal against the Disciplinary Committee’s decision and sanction.
"As a matter of procedural fairness and equality of treatment, and Swiss law, the Club’s right to an appeal process must be afforded, before any irremediable sanction takes effect.
"So far as the Club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed.
"In this case, Chelsea considers that it is being treated inconsistently in comparison with other European clubs.
"We will consider our next steps once we have received the written reasons for this decision from FIFA.
"The Club notes the Appeal Committee’s statement that it has the right to appeal to CAS. In the meantime the Club will continue to fully cooperate with the proceedings."News Now - Sport News