FIFA has hit Chelsea with a ban on registration for the next two transfer windows, which prevents them from signing new players until the summer of 2020 because of violations in connection with signing players. 1
After a three-year study of how the club signed young players for its academy, FIFA stated that Chelsea broke its rule, which essentially prohibits signing minors from other countries with few exceptions. Chelsea were charged with 92 violations of this rule and found themselves guilty of 29, even though it was not stated who these players were. The club claims that most of these players were in the short term and that there is no rule against trying minors. In those cases where a player was actually signed, they say everything was overboard.
Chelsea will still be able to bring back all their ca. Five billion players are out on loan even with the ban, so it won not affect, for example, Christian Pulicic's move to the club. And although this is commonly referred to as a "transfer ban", it is actually a ban on registering new players. This distinction means that Chelsea can still sign players from other clubs, but will not be able to register to play for Chelsea until the ban is up. (See: Turan, Arda.) Still, it's a massive blow to a club in flux between an older, unhappy generation led by Eden Hazard and his desire to move to Real Madrid and a potential new crop of players who could fit in at best with fighting manager Maurizio Sarri's favorite playing style
. At the top of the ban, Chelsea was fined £ 460,000 and got 90 days to "regulate the situation of the less-involved players", which may mean they have to get rid of any players they illegally brought to the club. Chelsea say they will appeal the penalty to the court for arbitration for sports, and if it takes as long as the transfer ban appeals to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid a few years ago, the appeal process will probably delay the effect of the ban too long enough to allow Chelsea to sign and register new players this summer.
[ The Guardian ]