Chelsea’s two-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA has been upheld as the club lost its appeal. FIFA imposed a two-year transfer ban on Chelsea due to their breach of regulations regarding signing of foreign players.
FIFA released a statement that read, “With respect to all men’s teams, the ban on registering new players, both nationally and internationally for two registration periods, has been confirmed by the FIFA Appeal Committee. The FIFA Appeal Committee believes that Chelsea’s wrongdoing consisted in not respecting the prohibition from internationally transferring or registering for the first time foreign minor players.”
FIFA slapped the transfer ban on Chelsea in February and just a few weeks later, they appealed to the ban. A few days back, FIFA confirmed that they have received Chelsea’s appeal. However, Chelsea will now face the transfer ban until after losing their appeal.
This is a major blow for Chelsea as they won’t be able to sign a suitable replacement for Eden Hazard provided the Belgium international departs for Real Madrid.
This is bad news for Chelsea who just days back celebrated their return to the Champions League after beating Watford 3-0. The Blues still have a chance of lifting a trophy this season as they are still in the Europa League. Chelsea play the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow before playing their final league game against Leicester City on Sunday.