Four of Chelsea’s Premier League matches for the month of April have been rescheduled as they’ve been selected for live television coverage. Two of those fixtures are home games and two away.
The Premier League announced on Friday a number of games that have been rescheduled, and four of Chelsea’s games were among those shifted.
The London derby at home to West Ham United will now take place on Monday 8 April with an 8pm kick-off time.
Chelsea’s away trip to Liverpool is now scheduled for Sunday 14 April, kick-off 4.30pm, although that game could still be moved to Saturday 13 April depending on Liverpool’s involvement in the Champions League.
The home fixture against Burnley has been scheduled for Monday 22 April at 8pm, and our final fixture of the month, away at Manchester United, will take place on Sunday 28 April at 4.30pm, although that game is also subject to possible movement to Saturday 27 April depending on the Manchester United’s Champions League progression.
In other news, Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from signing new players for two transfer windows for breaching the rules around the transfer of minors.
FIFA found Chelsea guilty of breaching article 19 of FIFA’s regulations with regards to the transfer of 29 minor players and article 18 regarding two further minors.
FIFA also issued Chelsea FIFA with a £460,000 fine. However, the club has revealed that they’ll appeal the ban.
Chelsea statement confirming the club will appeal FIFA’s decision, read: “Chelsea FC has today received a decision from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concerning alleged breaches of the FIFA Regulations that relate to the international transfer of players under the age of 18.
“The decision imposes a transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods and a fine of 600k Swiss francs. Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision.
“The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation. Initially, Chelsea FC was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players.
“We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players. Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”