Chelsea face possible transfer embargo over youth recruitment

Published Add your comment

Football News

Chelsea are facing the prospect of a transfer embargo after their controversial youth recruitment policy came under scrutiny, particularly with regards to a deal for Bertrand Traore, reports the Evening Standard.

The Burkino Faso international officially joined Chelsea on 1 January 2014 but was photographed featuring for the club's under-18 side in a fixture against Arsenal in 2011. At that time, Traore was only 16-years-old and, if deemed a competitive fixture, it would be in breach of Fifa regulations.

Fifa rules prohibit international transfers of players under the age of 18 and, in recent years, it has been enforced with formidable consequences – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been handed transfer embargoes for breaching them.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article:

Now, there is a chance that Chelsea are facing the same fate. If found guilty of completing the transfer of Traore before he turned 18, they are likely to face some form of punishment, the worst being a transfer embargo.

Chelsea had an "option agreement" with Traore's club Auxerre at the time, which supposedly made him eligible to play in trial games before officially joining the Blues. The dispute is whether or not this game against the Gunners was competitive or not.

Confidence is high

However, the Guardian report that Stamford Bridge officials are not wholly concerned by the situation. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have agreed that the fixture was "non-competitive", which, in itself, should be enough to confirm their innocence.

“Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea in January 2014 in compliance with FA and Premier League Rules,” said a Chelsea spokesman in that report. “Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014. The option agreement was registered with, and approved by, both the FA and the Premier League.”

Investigation ongoing?

Fifa themselves are yet to confirm whether or not they are investigating the transfer and, even if they do hand out a transfer ban, Chelsea will likely take their appeal all the way to the top. They did the same with regards to Gael Kakuta, overturning an embargo after appealing to the Arbitration for Sport.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Didier Drogba

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again