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Jethro

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PostSubject: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 2:02 pm

Chelsea have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to youth players, Fifa has announced.

The ban, until the end of January 2020, does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to their women's and futsal teams.

The Premier League club have said they will appeal against the decision.

Chelsea have also been fined £460,000, while the Football Association (FA) has been fined £390,000.

It comes following a Fifa investigation into Chelsea's signing of foreign under-18 players, including former striker Bertrand Traore.

The world governing body says it found breaches in 29 cases out of 92 investigated.

"We welcome the fact Fifa has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that Fifa has not accepted the club's submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players," said a statement from the Stamford Bridge club.

"Chelsea acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to Fifa."

The FA has been told by Fifa that it must "address the situation" regarding the international transfer and registration of minors.

A spokesperson for English football's governing body said it had "co-operated fully" with the investigations and had "raised some concerns" regarding Fifa's disciplinary processes.

A statement said: "The FA intends to appeal against the decision. We will, however, continue to work with Fifa and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case."

How did this come about?
Based on documents from Football Leaks, French website Mediapart claimed in November that 19 Chelsea signings had been looked at during a three-year investigation.

Mediapart alleged that 14 of those signings were under the age of 18.

It was first reported in September 2017 that Chelsea were being investigated.

Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore - who now plays for Ligue 1 club Lyon - signed his first professional contract at Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January 2014.

Mediapart claimed Fifa found evidence that Chelsea had misled them over the dates, while Traore was found to have made 25 appearances for the Blues (under-16, under-18 and first team) despite not being registered by the FA.

Chelsea admitted they paid his mother £155,000, as well as a further £13,000 to the club she chaired - AJE Bobo-Dioulasso - in April 2011 to allow them first refusal over his signature.

That deal, it is alleged, was for four and a half years, despite the limit for under-18s being three years.

In addition, it is also claimed Chelsea paid for Traore to attend the £20,000-a-year Whitgift School in Surrey.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both received bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors in early 2016, while fellow Spanish club Barcelona were given a 14-month ban after breaking rules for signing international under-18s in 2014.

However, a Barcelona appeal saw their punishment pushed back a year, allowing the club to sign Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Jeremy Mathieu, Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

What are Fifa's rules?
Fifa bans the transfer of under-18s to different countries unless they meet strict criteria. It brought in the rules to help protect children from exploitation and trafficking.

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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Jethro

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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 2:03 pm

They have a massive squad anyway will just have to use some of them.
instead of farming them out on loan.
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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 3:22 pm

Can't feel too much sympathy for them and their big squad but it's a bit ironic they are hitting them with rules to prevent child exploitation and trafficking. If that's child exploitation they can exploit my kids anytime they like, £155k for each of them paid to me would open discussions.
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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 4:26 pm

I thought your kids were in their 40's?

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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 4:50 pm

Feck off I'm only fiddy five.
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Very Happy tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptyFri 22 Feb 2019, 6:22 pm

It's because I'm wise isn't it?
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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 2:44 am

Earwegoagain wrote:
Feck off I'm only fiddy five.

Oh! So you meant your grandchildren.

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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 6:28 am

What would happen if Chelsea wanted to bring in a new manager (almost a certainty) under contract elsewhere ??
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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 6:48 am

harvetheslayer wrote:
What would happen if Chelsea wanted to bring in a new manager (almost a certainty) under contract elsewhere ??

Transfer embargos only apply to players, Harv.

If anything this has put Abramovich in a bit of a pickle. Clearly Sarri is awaiting the chop, but they ain't going to be able to attract a top class replacement if that person isn't going to be able to bring his own players in, in the next two windows.
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PostSubject: Re: Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal    Chelsea transfer ban: Club to appeal  EmptySat 23 Feb 2019, 6:51 am

Couple of rumours
Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not be deterred by Chelsea's transfer ban and is in line to become the new boss at Stamford Bridge. He could have £200m to spend during the Blues' appeal.

Or Chelsea could turn to England assistant manager Steve Holland if they sack head coach Maurizio Sarri next week.
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Zero sympathy
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