Chelsea have served half of their transfer ban.
Premier League side Chelsea were hit with their two-window transfer ban after failing to register young overseas players over numerous seasons, it was revealed yesterday.
A report published by FIFA into the club’s failed appeal against their suspension confirmed that they were found guilty of 150 rule breaches, of which 27 were punishable, involving 77 players. One breach saw one player, from the age of 13, play 75 games for the club over a two-and-a-half year period despite only being registered as a trialist over three six-week periods.
Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore, who moved to London from his homeland, played for the club for three years before being registered in 2014.
Another 13-year-old, when he arrived in England, played 55 games and other teenagers also spent long stretches as unregistered Chelsea players. Chelsea claim the matches were not ‘organised football’ but training games which did not necessarily follow the full laws of the game.
But the FIFA panel ruled: “The committee has no doubt the matches referred to were organised under the auspices of the FA. The players moved to England, joined Chelsea FC and played organised football.”
Chelsea have appealed against the ban in the hope of signing players during the January window, but are awaiting a date for their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If so, Lampard is likely to target a new centre-back, a winger and a striker as he looks to strengthen his fledgling squad.
Timo Werner, Callum Wilson and Ben Chilwell are among the list of names being touted for a move to Stamford Bridge in the winter, with Chelsea keen to nail down their place in the top four.