FIFA announced that Chelsea have been banned for the next two windows for breaching rules in relation to dealings with foreign players under the age of 18.
The ban from FIFA is in place until the end of January 2020, it does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to their women’s and futsal teams.
In addition, FIFA has fined the club £460,000 and also fined the Football Association (FA) £390,000.
The governing body concluded that Chelsea breached transfer regulations to sign 29 players under the age of 18 out of 92 players investigated.
The top high-profile player on the list is the Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.
This ban implies that Chelsea will be unable to add to their first-team squad until the summer of 2020.
The Premier League club have said they will appeal the decision which could see the ban’s start date postponed until after the summer transfer window.
In a statement released by Chelsea,
“We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players. Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”
The governing body announced the sanction on Friday at the end of a lengthy investigation into the club and how they have registered players at their academy over a number of years.