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Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Chelsea for two transfer windows over under-age signings

Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Chelsea for two transfer windows over under-age signings

Chelsea FC have been banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows.

"The FIFA disciplinary committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and the Football Association for breaches relating to the global transfer and registration of players under the age of 18", FIFA's statement read.

It added that the club had also "breached article 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".

This comes following a Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation into irregularities regarding Chelsea's transfer and registration of 29 foreign under-18 players, including Burkina Faso worldwide Bertrand Traore who is now at Lyon.

Traore signed professional forms for Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January the following year.

This means that they will be able to make any key signings that they need to make in the summer, before they are unable to register players for the following two transfer windows.

The Premier League club have also been slapped with a £400,000 fine, while the FA received a £391,000 fine for its part.

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"They can't replace him or get somebody who they can work on to become as good as Hazard", Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

The club have also been fined £460,000 ($599,000) and given 90 days to "regularise the situations of the players concerned".

Other clubs slapped with similar bans to the Blues have brought themselves breathing space by appealing FIFA's ruling.

The ban does not prevent players being released by the club and it does not apply to Chelsea's women's and futsal teams.

The London club will be unable to sign players till summer 2020.

They can contest the judgment with the Federation Internationale de Football Association appeals committee and, ultimately, would have the right to take it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The world governing body gave the FA a period of six months to update its processes concerning worldwide transfers and the registration of minors.