Chelsea are likely to face a two-year transfer ban following a FIFA investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players, including former striker Bertrand Traore.
According to Mediapart, FIFA's integrity and compliance unit has recommended Chelsea are handed a transfer ban covering four transfer windows, as well as a fine of £45,000.
“The proceedings are ongoing and, to date, no decision has been passed by the FIFA judicial bodies,” football's world governing body FIFA said in a statement.
Mediapart claims FIFA found evidence that Chelsea had misled them over the dates, while Traore was found to have made 25 appearances for the Blues despite not being registered by the Football Association.
Should they be handed a transfer ban, Chelsea will be the latest club to receive such punishment after similar incidences in La Liga.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have both previously received bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors in early 2016, while Barcelona were given a 14-month ban after breaking rules for signing international under-18s in 2014.
FIFA has been looking at other clubs too while Chelsea are in the eye of the storm at the moment, it is highly likely they will not be alone when the final outcomes are being determined.
Fifa rules state that:
Under-18s can only be transferred abroad if:
- The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons.
- Both clubs are in the European Union or European Economic Area and the player is aged between 16 and 18. Even then, the buying club must meet more criteria relating to education, training, living conditions and support.
- They live within 100km of the club.
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