Federation Internationale de Football Association investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

Tanya Simon
November 15, 2018

The Blues have been under investigation for three years since the club reportedly signed Bertrand Traore from a club in Burkina Faso before his 18th birthday in 2014.

FIFA's Integrity and Compliance unit want Chelsea to be prevented from signing any new players for a total of four transfer windows.

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

The Football Leaks documents were obtained by German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with European Investigative Collaborations, a network of global media.

Other than releasing a short statement in which they insisted they are cooperating with Fifa, Chelsea would not comment on the report or the case.

Were given an unprecedented 14-month transfer ban for breaking rules on signing global players under 18 in 2014 and fined £305,000.

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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have both previously received bans for breaching rules over the signing of minors in early 2016, while Barcelona were given a 14-month ban after breaking rules for signing worldwide under-18s in 2014.

As communicated in September 2017, investigations were opened concerning Chelsea FC as well as other English clubs in relation to potential breaches of the regulations on the status and transfer of players. Thus, the clubs are to be presumed innocent unless decided otherwise.

Mediapart has suggested the Federation Internationale de Football Association investigatory body has proposed a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs and an embargo across four transfer window for offences relating to the recruitment of minors involving 19 players, including 14 minors who were illegally transferred. No further information can be provided.' Meanwhile Chelsea will consider loan offers for Gary Cahill, 32.

There's the threat of a breakaway European Super League, featuring the biggest clubs from the continent.

Chelsea admitted that they paid Traore's mother in 2011 to obtain a first-refusal option to sign him.

Among the 14 signings under investigation is that of Bertrand Traoré, now a Lyon player in Ligue 1.

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