Chelsea’s appeal against its two-window transfer ban for signing underage players has been broadly rejected by FIFA, world football’s governing body has announced.
The Premier League club were given the sanction, which runs until July 2020, in February and were also fined £460,000 for 29 breaches of the rules on the international transfer of minors.
Chelsea immediately lodged an appeal and the case was heard by FIFA’s appeal committee last month.
In a statement, FIFA said it has “partially upheld” the appeal, but only in the sense that Chelsea will now be allowed to sign players aged under 16, providing they come from within the European Economic Area.
The ban on signing over-16s remains in place, as does the fine.
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