Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chelsea under investigation by Federation Internationale de Football Association for third time in eight years

Chelsea under investigation by Federation Internationale de Football Association for third time in eight years

It was confirmed yesterday the governing body had launched an inquiry into the club's conduct involving transfers of foreign players under the age of 18.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have launched an investigation into Chelsea for breaching regulations regarding the signing of youth players for the third time in eight years, according to the Daily Mail.

When contacted by Perform, FIFA said: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing in relation to the club, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation".

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

And in 2016, the Premier League champions were also investigated over the transfer of Burkina Faso global Bertrand Traore who was signed after his 18th birthday but had appeared in an under-18 match in 2011 while still 16.

Chelsea, though, are confident that they have followed all the necessary regulations.

This will be the third time in eight years that Chelsea will come under scrutiny over the transfer of young players. You may recall that Atletico Madrid are now banned for breaching regulations on the signing of youngsters, we sincerely hope that the Blues do not suffer the same fate.

Real Madrid were also punished a year ago but they had their ban reduced from two transfer windows to one.

Manchester City and Liverpool have been punished by the Premier League this year for breaches of the rules regarding the signing of domestic academy players.

The two clubs have been banned by the Premier League for two years from signing academy player due to tapping up.

The West London club could play Welsh youngster Ethan Ampadu in this week's Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest, but they have reportedly not yet agreed a compensation fee with Exeter for the 17-year-old.

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