FIFA To Investigate Chelsea Over Underage Players' Transfers

Ross Houston
September 21, 2017

"However please note that we can not provide any details concerning the matters under investigation".

According to Sky Sports, FIFA responded on Wednesday to questions about media reports regarding Chelsea signing foreign players under the age of 18.

An investigation into Chelsea's recruitment of youth players has been launched, Federation Internationale de Football Association has revealed.

"We can not provide any details concerning the matters under investigation".

Chelsea have been investigated twice previously over their signing of minors.

The Blues have also won the last FOUR editions of the FA Youth Cup, clinching the title six times in the last eight years in a stunning dominance of youth football in England.

And despite having one of the best academies in the world at Cobham, Chelsea have a questionable record of blooding first-team players.

The West London club were banned from signing players for two transfer windows in 2009, a penalty they had overturned on appeal in 2010, over Gael Kakuta's 2007 move from Lens to Stamford Bridge.

Atletico Madrid are now under a transfer embargo for breaching similar rules about the signing of minors and their appeal was upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

Liverpool and Manchester City were recently handed bans after they were deemed to have tapped young players up.

City were banned from signing academy players for two years and fined £300,000.

The world governing body looked into Chelsea's signing of Traoré past year, but The Times has learnt that those investigations were never concluded.

In January 2016, Press Association Sport discovered Burkina Faso worldwide Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea's under-18s side when aged 16, which was an apparent breach of FIFA regulations.

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