Chelsea have been banned from signing new players for the next two transfer windows after the club breached FIFA's rules and regulations.
FIFA released a statement on its website, saying that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee found that the London club and Football Association broke its rule over the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
"Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players," FIFA said.
"The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.
"The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods.
"This ban applies to the club as a whole -- with the exception of the women's and futsal teams -- and does not prevent the release of players."
The Premier League club have also been slapped with a £400,000 fine, while the FA received a £391,000 fine for its part.
According to FIFA, Chelsea have 90 days to address the situation regarding the players signed for the club.
In fact, the FA has a "period of six months to address the situation concerning the international transfer and first registration of minors in football."
Sky Sports' sources report that FIFA's three-year-long investigation into Chelsea found that it related to 'more than 12 players,' which extends back to Bertrand Traoré in 2013.
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