FIFA have rejected Chelsea’s request to freeze their year-long transfer ban while the club’s appeal process is taking place.
The Blues were banned from by the governing body for two transfer windows for breaching their regulations over the signing of youth players that are designed to protect youngsters.
Chelsea have appealed the verdict and deny any wrongdoing and there had been hope that the ban could be frozen while the appeal process takes its course.
A similar thing had been allowed by FIFA previously Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, however they confirmed that this would not be allowed to this time for Chelsea in their case.
A FIFA statement read: “We can confirm that the Chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee has rejected the application for provisional measures filed by Chelsea FC in relation to the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.”
The next step for the Blues is to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to get the verdict reversed so that they can register players this summer.
The Blues signed Christian Pulisic in January and his transfer is not effected as he is currently a registered Chelsea player out on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
However, there could be an issue with the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, with the striker only on loan until the end of the season from Juventus.