FIFA To Investigate Chelsea Over Youth Player Signings

Chelsea are being investigated by FIFA for breaching their regulations around youth players

Chelsea are being investigated by FIFA for breaching their regulations around youth players

"We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing, but we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation".

The only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area (EEA), where the minimum age is 16.

Additionally, the Blues were also investigated by Federation Internationale de Football Association over the transfer of Bertrand Traore who was pictured playing for the club when he was 16 before he had received worldwide clearance.

There were reports at the time that he joined Chelsea's academy from Auxerre in...

In 2009 they were banned for two windows because of the deal to sign Gael Kakuta from Lens - although they successfully appealed that ruling.

The world governing body looked into Chelsea's signing of Traoré previous year, but The Times has learnt that those investigations were never concluded.

In January 2016, Press Association Sport discovered Burkina Faso worldwide Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea's under-18s side when aged 16, which was an apparent breach of FIFA regulations.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have both received transfer bans after being found guilty of violating Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on signing foreign minors, while Atletico Madrid are unable to register new players until January 2018 after their appeal against a similar charge was dismissed by CAS.

This will be the third time in eight years that Chelsea will come under scrutiny over the transfer of young players. They won't be able to sign academy players for the next two years as a result.

Real Madrid were also sanctioned, but had their ban reduced from two transfer windows to one.

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