Chelsea's transfer ban could have knock on effect for Real Madrid

Chelsea could appeal the ban from FIFA

World football governing body FIFA has banned Chelsea for two transfer windows after the club was found guilty of breaching codes guiding the signing of youngsters.

Chelsea will not be able to register any new players in the next two transfer windows after the club breached one of FIFA's rules and regulations. Chelsea categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision.

Barca were given a ban of two windows in 2014 for breaches regarding the transfers of players under the age of 18.

Chelsea's academy has been under investigation for potential transfer rule breaches since 2016, when pictures emerged of Bertrand Traore playing against Arsenal in a non-competitive match as a 16-year-old.

However, the ban has ignited the Hazard situation once again - Chelsea can not buy, but are free to sell.

The Guardian revealed last month that Federation Internationale de Football Association had looked into more than 100 player cases at Chelsea and it emerged on Friday they had charged them with 92 breaches of article 19 alone.

"Additionally, the club was fined CHF 600,000 (£460,575) and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned".

Last month it emerged that FIFA's investigation into Chelsea's transfer dealings had widened to examine arrangements with more than 100 foreign players under the age of 18.

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The FA has also been fined 510,000 Swiss francs after being found to have breached the rules in connection with minors, the Federation Internationale de Football Association statement added.

Manager Maurizio Sarri, who took over in July, is already under pressure and whether he survives or not Chelsea would need squad-strengthening in the close season.

There are exceptions if parents move to a country for non-soccer reasons or have citizenship there, but worldwide signings of minors is no longer supposed to be allowed.

Though, the FA have a chance to appeal the fine, citing "concerns" with FIFA's disciplinary processes according to SkySport.

Eden Hazard, the club's star, has suggested that he fancies a summer move to Real Madrid while David Luiz, Willian, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi are among the others who may not be at Stamford Bridge next season.

The rules were brought in to help stop possible exploitation and trafficking of children.

At least Gateshead seemed keen not to rub salt into the wounds, though, as they tweeted "Welcome to the club" following the news.

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