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.
FIFA confirmed on Monday that Chelsea have lodged an official appeal against the ruling. According to football’s ruling body, Chelsea who have lodged an appeal against their FIFA transfer ban, will have the hearing take place on April 11.
According to FIFA, Chelsea have received written reasons from its disciplinary panel for the one-year ban, and why a request to freeze the ban during the appeal process was rejected.
There have been speculations over the future of a number of Chelsea players, especially Eden Hazard, who was widely expected to leave the club this summer. But Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has revealed that the club has told the players that no one will leave at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old said: “The situation I have ended up in has been very difficult to accept. The messages we have received are that Chelsea cannot appeal the case and therefore want to keep all the players.
“I have tried to show myself on the training track, but it is difficult because it is limited how much we train with all the matches the team is going to play. Now I have played the matches in the UEFA Europa League and hope it will continue as long as we are in the tournament.”
Chelsea will have to try to keep the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi who will have a year left on his contract at the end of the season, and the 18-year-old has attracted massive interest from rival clubs.
Fans believe that the ban will help Chelsea youngsters get opportunity to play more at the club, and expect the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi and Andreas Christensen to benefit from the transfer ban.