Five EPL clubs facing potential transfer ban
Posted: 15 November 2018 Time: 13:00
Premier League giants Chelsea are facing a potential two-year transfer ban over the signing of several underage players, including Burkina Faso star Bertrand Traore.
Fifa is investigating five Premier League clubs over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 with the quintet risking transfer bans if found guilty by the governing body’s disciplinary committee.
According to English publication The Guardian, the Blues released a statement this week claiming they will remain fully compliant over the Football governing bodies investigation process with a risk of severe punishment.
Fifa has been investigating Chelsea’s recruitment of minors since the revelation that the club broke transfer rules in signing Bertrand Traoré, a Burkina Faso striker, before his 18th birthday in 2014.
It's believed that the recent Football Leaks series have implicated the Premier League side, along with four other teams over their illegal signings of minors and if found guilty a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs will be set along with a ban of four transfer windows.
In a statement, Fifa said: "As communicated in September 2017, investigations were opened concerning the club Chelsea FC as well as other English clubs in relation to potential breaches of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
"The proceedings are ongoing and, to date, no decision has been passed by the Fifa judicial bodies. Thus, the clubs are to be presumed innocent unless decided otherwise. No further information can be provided as the cases are ongoing."
Fifa’s rules prohibit the international transfer of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons unconnected with football, or if both the player and the purchasing club are based within 50km of a national border. There are exceptions relating to transfers within the European Union or European Economic Area.
FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been punished over the same misdemeanours in the past, while Manchester City has come under immense scrutiny over their recent transfers within the club's academy.