Fifa, football’s global governing body, has today (Wednesday) rejected English Premier League club Chelsea’s appeal against a transfer ban handed out in February.
Chelsea was found guilty of breaching rules relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, with Fifa issuing the club with a ban on signing players for two transfer windows.
Chelsea was found to have breached article 19 of the regulations in the case of 29 minor players, with Fifa stating in February that the club had also committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players.
Fifa today said its Appeal Committee has decided to “partially uphold” the appeal lodged by Chelsea. The Appeal Committee found that imposing a ban on registering each and every minor would not be proportionate to the offence committed, ruling that the ban will now not cover the registration of minor players under the age of 16.
Chelsea will however remain banned from registering new players at all other levels for the next two transfer windows. The ban does not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams and does not prevent the release of players. Fifa also upheld the fine of CHF600,000 (€526,000/$589,000).
In a statement today, Chelsea said it is “very disappointed” that the transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods was not overturned.
The statement added: “Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the Fifa Appeal Committee. It acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”