English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea could be facing a transfer ban as Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is planning to start an investigation. The Blues played Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore for their Under-18 side. However, Traore was aged just 16 back then and the act is considered a breach of rules by FIFA.
FIFA rules prevent international transfers of under-18s. La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are facing transfer bans for two windows after they failed to comply with the regulations.
Chelsea have stated that they broke no rules when they played Traore. The Burkino Faso international was able to play in friendly games and featured in the game against Arsenal in 2011.
“We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide comments as to whether or not any investigation are under way” a FIFA spokesperson said, according to Mirror.
“Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea FC in January 2014 in compliance with the FA and the Premier League. Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014.” Chelsea FC said.
The match in which Traore featured was staged at the Emirates Stadium after a first team game because of a Tube strike. It was expected that a few supporters would stay back to watch the match.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion have been fined by FA for “failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”. Both the clubs faced each other during a Premier League encounter earlier this month.
Chelsea have received a fine of £65,000 (US $93,227) while West Brom has been slapped with a fine of £35,000 (US $50,199). Both the clubs have been warned against a breach of FA’s Rule E20(a) in the future.
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