Chelsea banned from signing players – your views
Premier League club Chelsea have been banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows, FIFA said on Thursday.
“Chelsea are banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the two next entire and consecutive registration periods following the notification of the present decision,” a FIFA statement said.
The decision effectively means the English club cannot register any new players until January 2011. The next transfer window is in January followed by another in 2010.
The punishment was handed out by FIFA following a contractual dispute involving the transfer of Gael Kakuta from French club Racing Lens in 2007.
Following a complaint from Lens, FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled that Kakuta had breached his contract with the French club and that Chelsea had induced him to do so.