Chelsea Facing Shock Transfer Ban over Youngster Signing

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Premier League club Chelsea are facing a possible transfer embargo over the signing of youngster Bertrand Traore. Press Association Sport reports that the Blues are under scrutiny for breaking FIFA regulations about signing of youth players.

The breach of regulations occurred when Traore, 16 at the time, played for U-18 side at Arsenal on October 23, 2011.

A FIFA spokesperson told Press Association Sport: “We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide any comments as to whether or not any investigations are under way.”

In response to the allegations Chelsea have released a statement: “Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea FC in January 2014 in compliance with FA and Premier League Rules.

“Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014. The option agreement was registered with, and approved by, both The FA and the Premier League.”