English Premiership

Chelsea 'refute' FIFA's findings, will appeal transfer ban

2019-02-22 13:28
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London - Chelsea said Friday they "categorically refute" FIFA's finding that they broke rules on registering under-age players and will appeal the decision.

The Premier League club have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment.

"Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision," the club said in a statement.

"The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation.

"We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players.

"Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA."

FIFA said Friday it was banning Chelsea from signing new players in the next two transfer windows as punishment for breaking rules on registering under-age players.

It means Chelsea will be unable to make signings until the end of January next year.

"The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods," FIFA said in a statement.

In addition, Chelsea were fined 600 000 Swiss francs (€530 000) and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.

 

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