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Chelsea transfer ban: Federation Internationale de Football Association deny decision has been reached on Blues

Chelsea transfer ban: Federation Internationale de Football Association deny decision has been reached on Blues

The signing (s) can only be carried out if the player (s) in question's parents migrated to the country for non-footballing reasons or if both the club and the player are based within 50 km of an worldwide border.

There are exceptions relating to transfers within the European Union or European Economic Area.

Traore failed to make the grade at Chelsea and, after loan spells in the Netherlands at Vitesse and Ajax, signed a permanent deal with Lyon in 2017.

The investigation into Chelsea includes the signing of Bertrand Traore, who was pictured playing in an under-18 game against Arsenal when he was 16.

But sources close to the Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation have told Telegraph Sport that Chelsea are not the only Premier League club facing the possibility of a transfer ban.

FIFA's rules prohibit worldwide transfers involving players under the age of 18 whose parents have emigrated for reasons unconnected to football, or if the buying club and the player are based within 50km of a national border.

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French investigative website Mediapart reported on Thursday (AEDT) that FIFA's Integrity and Compliance unit would seek to impose a two-year transfer ban on the clubs as well as a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs ($A683,660).

The identity of the four other clubs involved in the investigation is not yet clear, however, presumably, Manchester City are a part of it as well.

Chelsea could be set to be handed a transfer ban which would stretch over four transfer windows, two-years in total!

Burkina Faso global Traore signed his first professional contract in September 2013 after his 18th birthday.

Chelsea admitted that they paid Traore's mother in 2011 to obtain a first-refusal option to sign him. Two players who were signed by Barca while the club's case was pending - Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal - were made to wait for their debuts.

FIFA confirmed they were investigating Chelsea back in September 2017, though a club spokesman insisted the club "complies with all FIFA Statutes and Regulations when recruiting players". They appealed without success to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).