Chelsea’s appeal against its two-window transfer ban for signing underage players has been broadly rejected by FIFA, world football’s governing body has announced.
Chelsea were fined 600,000 Swiss francs (£460,000) and sanctioned in February in relation to 29 cases where regulations relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18 were breached.
The London club immediately lodged an appeal and the case was heard by FIFA’s appeal committee last month.
“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to sanction the club with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods,” FIFA said in a statement.
“This ban applied to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and did not prevent the release of players.”
But FIFA’s Appeal Committee decided the club can still sign players under the age of 16 as they concluded imposing a ban on registering each and every minor “would not be proportionate to the offense committed”.
The next step for Chelsea could see them take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try and freeze or overturn the ban.
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