Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Appeal Rejected By FIFA

Chelsea have had their appeal against a two-window transfer ban rejected by FIFA. Football’s world governing body have upheld the ban they handed Chelsea in February after an investigation into the club’s signing of foreign U18 players. The rules state no player under 18 is allowed to move to a club in a different country unless their parents are moving there for non-footballing reasons, or unless they are aged 16-18 and moving within the EU. As it stands, Chelsea can still buy players but would not be able to register them until the summer of 2020. Chelsea’s last purchase, Christian Pulisic, will not be affected as he was registered by the club in January and loaned back to Borussia Dortmund, but permanent moves for loan signings Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain are not possible at this stage. The club do have the option to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to see if the ruling can be overturned or frozen, but the transfer window re-opens at midnight Thursday May 16. Chelsea have always maintained their innocence. The Appeal Committee determined the ban will only apply to the senior team and players under the age of 16 and from the UK can still be acquired by Chelsea. The ban will also not apply to Chelsea Women. Photo Credit: Getty

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