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Chelsea will not be able to register any new players in the next two transfer windows after the club's appeal to their FIFA transfer ban was rejected earlier this week.
FIFA announced back in February that the Premier League club and Football Association broke its rule over the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
In a statement the world governing body said, "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."
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
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.
And this week it was confirmed that, despite an appeal, the transfer ban will be upheld unless another appeal to the Court for the Arbitration of Sport is successful.
Fifa have announced, following an appeal, they have upheld Chelsea's two-window transfer ban, but the club can sign players under the age of 16 during the ban. Chelsea can now go to CAS to try to get the ban frozen and overturned #cfc- Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) May 8, 2019
Maurizio Sarri's side currently have an incredible 41 players on loan at a host of different clubs.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:
Christian Pulisic was signed in January, possibly with the club already expecting the ban, and sent him back on loan to Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season.
The American is likely to replace Eden Hazard, with the Belgian expected to move to Real Madrid in the summer, but there won't be any further additions in pre season.
Do you see of the players currently out on loan getting their opportunity in Chelsea's first team in the coming months?
Let us know in the comments.
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