Chelsea Facing a lengthy Transfer Ban Over Youth Signings

Chelsea could get struck with a transfer ban if a FIFA investigation into the club’s transfer dealings with over 100 youth players finds any rules breaches, 

The governing body has overseen a long-running case against the club, which was started by the compliance unit of its transfer matching system (TMS). It flagged 25 player cases at the beginning of last year which it thought warranted further scrutiny.

Fifa rule states that any club cannot bring in players below the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for any reason beyond their offspring’s career in football or if the player and the club are based within 50 km of any national border. A club, however, can bring in players between the ages of 16 and 18 from with the European Union or European Economic Area.

Chelsea have denied the allegations, stating that their operations have been run in compliance with all of FIFA’s rules. Their defence is that majority of 100 youth players that have been named in the case were not signed by the club after their trials and the process is followed by several other clubs in the world stage.

This case is first of it’s kind in the Premier League and has led to a lot of complications with the Football Association involved as well. The main objective of the investigation is to draw a line between a player’s affiliation to a club simply as a trialist or as an actual academy student.

Chelsea is one of five Premier League clubs currently being investigated with three more teams in Europe also under investigation.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Barcelona all received two-window transfer bans for similar breaches in the past. Thanks to an appeal, Real’s ban was reduced to a single window.