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FIFA have launched an investigation into Chelsea’s youth transfer policy.
Football’s governing body has confirmed it will carry out an investigation which will look into Chelsea’s recruitment in the past few years.
The rule regulating the signing of young players is a bit complicated and this is the third time in the last decade that Chelsea has found itself under FIFA’s spotlight for the same reason.
First, we were banned from signing new players after we signed Gael Kakuta from Lens in 2007 but the ruling was overturned upon appeal. We were also under investigation after we signed Bertrand Traore but was cleared of any wrong doing on this occasion.
It is unknown which player(s) has(have) caused FIFA to launch its latest investigation but Chelsea are confident that they haven’t done anything wrong.
As per a report in Squawka, the rules governing the recruitment of youth players is states as follows:
“FIFA rules prohibit the international transfer of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50 kilometres of a national border.
“The only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area (EEA), where the minimum age is 16.
“In those cases, clubs must still ensure that the player continues his education and studies for an alternative career, as well as making sure he has a high living standard.“
Chelsea have faced criticism from pundits and managers over its recruitment and loaning out of young players and FIFA yesterday, confirmed they are looking into it already.
“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” FIFA said in an email.
“We cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.”
Chelsea fans will be hoping the club hasn’t done anything wrong as we face the prospect of being banned for a couple of transfer windows if found guilty, which won’t be good for our progress as a team.