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Chelsea insist they have not broken Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on underage transfers

Chelsea insist they have not broken FIFA rules Chelsea insist they have not broken Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on underage transfers
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2018, 14:10

Thus, the clubs are to be presumed innocent unless decided otherwise.

Chelsea are sweating over the prospect of being handed a two-year transfer ban for signing 14 youth players illegally, according to reports.

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". The identity of the other English quartet has not been revealed, though Federation Internationale de Football Association confirmed in September 2017 that Manchester City's conduct involving youth players was under review. Manchester United, who are among the clubs with most number of minor signings between 2013 and 2017, are not a part of the investigation.

Chelsea could be handed four-window transfer ban.

FIFA's rules prohibit worldwide transfers of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons unconnected to football or both player and club are based within 50km of a national border. No further information can be provided.' Meanwhile Chelsea will consider loan offers for Gary Cahill, 32.

Moreover, for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area, the minimum age of the player has been set at 16 with the club handling the responsibility of his education and standard of living. He was signed on professional terms by the Premier League club on 1 January 2014, the first day of the window immediately after his 18th birthday, despite being pictured playing in an under-18s game against Arsenal when he was only 16. The club also admitted they had paid his mother £155,000 in April 2011 to acquire a first-refusal option to sign him.

Officers from FIFA's Integrity and Compliance unit have spent three years probing 14 transfers involving Chelsea and players under the age of 18. And a further £13,000 was paid to the club AJE Bobo-Dioulasso, chaired by Traore's mother.

One window would relate to Bertrand Traore's signing, the other three would be for the 13 other alleged offences.

Real MadridThe Spanish giants were fined £282,000 and hit with a two-window ban in 2016 for the same offence as Atletico, but the ban was halved on appeal and the fine reduced to £188,000, causing Atletico to complain of unfair treatment.