Chelsea FC, The Football Association sanctioned for international transfers of minors

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during his side's defeat to Manchester United

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri during his side's defeat to Manchester United

The ban is subject to appeal but should it stand then Chelsea would be unable to register players until the summer of 2020.

The London club were also fined 600,000 Swiss francs (over £460,000), while the FA has been fined 510,000 Swiss francs (over £390,000) for breaching the rules in connection with minors.

French website Mediapart, quoting documents from Football Leaks, reported that FIFA had scrutinised 19 Chelsea signings.

The ban relates to cases involving 29 young players, with the Blues having been accused of committing "several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players".

Chelsea have been handed a two transfer window ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association this week, meaning that, as it stands, they are unable to sign any players in the upcoming window.

The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

Chelsea and the Football Association have been sanctioned by Fifa's disciplinary committee for breaching regulations over the transfer of minors, the world governing body has announced.

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In a statement, the disciplinary committee of world football's governing body said Chelsea would be banned from "registering new players at both national and worldwide level for the next two complete and consecutive registration periods".

The ban does not prevent players being released by the club and it does not apply to Chelsea's women's and futsal teams.

"The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA's overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as also confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport".

In fact, the FA has a "period of six months to address the situation concerning the worldwide transfer and first registration of minors in football".

Chelsea have been given three days to appeal against FIFA's decision.

Eden Hazard, the club's star, has suggested that he fancies a summer move to Real Madrid while David Luiz, Willian, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi are among the others who may not be at Stamford Bridge next season.

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