Chelsea hit with two window transfer ban

Chelsea hit with ban

Chelsea have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows following a FIFA investigation.

It found them guilty of breaching the rules regarding their transfer dealings involving foreign players under the age of 18, with it coming at the end of a lengthy investigation into how they have registered players over the last few years into their academy.

It is a huge blow ahead of next season, with Chelsea currently locked in a battle to get back into the Champions League with Manchester United and Arsenal.

An official FIFA statement read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

“Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.

“The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams - and does not prevent the release of players.

“Additionally, the club was fined CHF 600,000 and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.

“The Football Association was also found to have breached the rules in connection with minors. It was fined CHF 510,000 and given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football.”

Hazard - Chelsea

Implications

With current uncertainty surrounding both Maurizio Sarri and Roman Abramovich’s respective futures at the club, this news could hardly have come at a worse time for Chelsea, who are also preparing for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Judging by recent performances, this Chelsea squad look to be a long way off competing for the Premier League title any time soon and that will be extended by a further season now that they will be stuck with the same squad.

It will also see Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain taken away from the squad, with both players currently on loan from Real Madrid and Juventus respectively. Yet that isn’t even close to the worst of it.

Eden Hazard is believed to be pushing for a move to the Bernabeu in the summer, but this transfer ban will deny Chelsea from being able to bring in a ready-made replacement right away. Hazard says he already knows what he is going to do at the end of the season and with his contract expiring in the summer of 2020 would also be able to leave on a free transfer if Chelsea dig their heels in and keep hold of him for one final campaign.

Given the way Hazard has performed in the past when unhappy - once going a calendar year without a Premier League goal - that may not be the wisest decision to make. Selling him may also not be an option, with it then putting huge pressure on 20-year-old Christian Pulisic, who is set to arrive from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

If Chelsea miss out on Champions League once again this season it would then appear extremely likely that they would do so once more the following year with the same core of players, which would leave the club without three years of Champions League revenue and in the Europa League.

It ultimately makes Chelsea an unattractive proposition both on the pitch and off it should the worst scenario play out.

Gonzalo Higuain Chelsea

Any silver linings?

The one potential positive of this scenario is it could force Chelsea to finally give players from their academy an opportunity to play regularly in the first team.

Those who do leave the club will have to be replaced by one of the 29 players currently out on loan, many of whom most likely would not have been considered for a place in the first team next season.

If Higuain’s deal can not be made permanent under the new FIFA regulations, Chelsea would be stuck with only Olivier Giroud as a senior option at centre-forward. That could see Tammy Abraham offered the chance to prove himself in the first team, having scored 20 goals in 27 appearances for Aston Villa so far this term.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

It could also be a blessing for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been on the periphery of the Chelsea team for much of the season so far and may well get more minutes if Kovacic is forced to move elsewhere. Callum Hudson-Odoi may or may not benefit from the news, with it now more likely that Chelsea will keep hold of at least two of Hazard, Pedro and Willian this summer.

Others such as Ola Aina, Reece James, Mason Mount, Kasey Palmer, Charly Musonda and Izzy Brown could also be given an opportunity in the first team squad by whoever the manager is come next summer.

It's pretty difficult to find positives in this current scenario, but making use of the club’s recently famed and successful academy is certainly one thing they have an opportunity for.

This summer may well also be the perfect opportunity for them to bring in a new manager such as Frank Lampard, with expectations set to be extremely low at the club next season due to the lack of new players coming through the door, while their rivals will invariably spend to improve.

Chelsea have been dealt with a tough hand and it will be interesting to see how the next year or so plays out at Stamford Bridge.

🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Free Bets 🌟
New customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet add odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 free sports bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 casino bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the casino bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Credit/debit card deposits only. Geographical restrictions and T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 2 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
GET A £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET!
New customers only. Sportsbook bets only, minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). Refunds are awarded as CASH, up to a max of £20 . Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal are eligible. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Free Bets 🌟
New customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet add odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 free sports bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 casino bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the casino bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Credit/debit card deposits only. Geographical restrictions and T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10, Get £20 In Free Bets
New members only. £10 min deposit and bet, placed and settled at 1.50 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Awarded as 2x non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens. Valid for 14 days. Sportsbook only. Click for full rules.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 on Football Get £40 in FREE BETS and BONUSES
New customers only. 18+, BeGambleAware.org. Minimum deposit £10. UK customers only. Place a £10+ bet on football of odds 1/1 (2.00) or greater to receive your 4x£10 in football free bets. Free bets will expire 7 days after your qualifying bet is settled. £10 Casino bonus will be credited the next working day after you have deposited. Casino bonus must be wagered at least 35x before any withdrawals can take place.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.