Chelsea Currently Have 41 Players Out On Loan
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.
In a statement released by FIFA, they confirmed that the Premier League 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 in a statement.
"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.
BREAKING: Chelsea FC hit with transfer ban for next 2 windows by FIFA for breaking rules in the case of 29 players aged under-18. Can sell but not sign anyone.- Dan Roan (@danroan) February 22, 2019
The FA also found to have breached the rules in connection with minors. Been given 6 months to address the situation pic.twitter.com/oSz4jQBB6F
"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."
It is believed that the investigation by FIFA was first triggered back in 2016, when it emerged that Bertrand Traore played for their under 18's side at aged 16.
Chelsea believe Traore was the subject of an option agreement which allowed him to play in friendly games- Matt McGeehan (@mattmcgeehan) January 26, 2016
The club have since been given three days to appeal against the ban, but a large group of Chelsea players may be encouraged by the potential two transfer window ban, with the potential of first team football more likely than ever,
Maurizio Sarri's side currently have an incredible 41 players on loan at a host of different clubs.
Luckily for Chelsea, they have 41 players out on loan that they can 'sign'. (Erm, as I understand it?)- Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) February 22, 2019
Likely to be bad news for Atlético and Morata.
Michy Batshuayi became the latest player on Chelsea's books to make a temporary move to a Premier League side, when he joined Crystal Palace on the final day of the transfer window.
And he, along with many others, may get a chance in the first team because of the impending transfer ban.
Here is the full list of players who are currently out on loan:
Do you see of these players getting their opportunity in Chelsea's first team in the coming months?
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