Chelsea and 4 Other Clubs To Have Faced Transfer Ban

Chelsea have been banned from signing players for two transfer windows. See other teams who have faced the same ban.

The FIFA disciplinary committee has yesterday announced that English club, Chelsea, has been given a two year transfer ban. The West London club got banned from signing players after they were found guilty of breaching FIFA’s rules on signing underage players.

The English club was also fined the sum of £460,000 and given 90 days to rectify the sitation concerning the signed players. Although Chelsea has categorically refuted the findings of FIFA Disciplinary Committee and have said that they will appeal the decision, they are not the first top club in Europe to face this kind of ban.

Over the years, several top flight clubs across Europe have been found guilty of breaching the important “Article 19”, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18, including Chelsea, here is a list of 5 clubs to have been hit with a transfer ban:

  1. Chelsea

Aside the ban they received yesterday, Chelsea had previously been on the receiving end of a transfer ban before. In 2009, the Blues were banned from registering new player in the summer and winter transfer windows of 2010. The ban was as a result of discrepancies in the signing of Gael Kakuta in 2007. However, the ban was lifted after Chelsea agreed to pay a compensation for the shady transfer.

  1. Real Madrid

Spanish club, Real Madrid was slammed with a ban for two transfer windows in January 2016. They were banned after being found guilty of breaching FIFA’s rules on signing underaged players between 2004 and 2014. However, the club maintained their innocence and appealed the ban. Their appeal was successful and in December 2016, the ban period was reduced to just one transfer window.

  1. Atletico Madrid

Not-so-friendly neighbors of the ‘Los Blancos’, Atletico Madrid was also slammed with the same ban as their neighbors, Real Madrid in January 2016 too. They were found guilty of breaking the same rules in the signing of some players that represented them between 2007 and 2014. The ‘Rojiblancos’ also maintained their innocence and appealed the ban. Their appeal, however, was unsuccessful and the ban stopped them from signing new player till January 2018.

  1. Barcelona

These Spanish clubs like breaking the rules huh? Before the Madrid club got their bans, FC Barcelona got banned from signing new players for two consecutive transfer windows. FIFA banned them in April 2014, as well as the Spanish FA for breeches concerning the international transfer of players under 18. Although the ban was temporarily lifted during the 2014 summer transfer window, Barca went on to serve the full ban after their appeal was rejected.

  1. AS Roma

In 2005, Italian club, AS Roma was given a one year transfer ban by FIFA. Their ban was not because they had breached the ‘Article 19’ rule, but for something else. FIFA found out that they had encouraged French player, Phillipe Mexes to terminate his contract with Auxerre and sign for them. For this wrong transfer ethic, they were given a one year transfer embargo and the player got a six-week suspension.



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