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Chelsea ‘categorically refute’ wrongdoing after being handed transfer ban by FIFA

Chelsea have responded to the news that they will be unable to sign players for two transfer windows, saying that they ‘categorically refute’ any wrongdoing.

The Blues have been banned from making transfers until summer 2020 after FIFA found the club in breach of rules and regulations related to the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.

Chelsea have long hoovered up some of the top talents from around Europe into their academy, even though very few of them make the step up to the first team, and following a lengthy investigation by footballs governing body, they have been found guilty of 29 breaches of Article 19 regarding the manner in which they do their business.

However, the Premier League club have now responded to FIFA’s findings and have said that they will appeal the decision.

“Chelsea have 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,” a statement reads.

“The decision imposes a transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods and a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs. Chelsea categorically refute the findings of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision.

“The club wish to emphasise that they respect the important work undertaken by Fifa in relation to the protection of minors and have fully cooperated with Fifa throughout its investigation.

“Initially, Chelsea were 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 are extremely disappointed that Fifa has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players.

“Chelsea acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to Fifa.”

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