Chelsea have been banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, Fifa has announced.
They have also been fined 600,000 Swiss francs, while the Football Association has been fined 510,000 Swiss francs.
The ban does not prevent the release of players and will not apply to Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams.
An official statement released on Friday reads:
“The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players.”