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Chelsea could face two year transfer ban

Chelsea potentially could be hit with a two year transfer ban for signing players under-18 illegally.

That is according to French news outlet Mediapart who report that 14 signings made by the Stamford Bridge club are under investigation by FIFA’s Integrity and Compliance unit.

Current FIFA regulations state that clubs are prohibited from signing players aged under 18 from abroad unless both player and club are based within 50 km of a national border, or the parents of a player have emigrated for non-footballing reasons.

Specifically, Chelsea have been accused in reference to the case of Bertrand Traore who was signed before his 18th birthday in 2014, with the club paying for him to attend the same Surrey school where both Victor Moses and Callum Hudson-Odoi were both pupils.

There is precedence for such a transfer ban. Both Real and Atlético Madrid have both been slapped with transfer bans in recent years for exactly the same offence of which Chelsea have been accused, namely breaching the rules on young foreign-born players.

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