BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea hit with two-window transfer ban
Chelsea have been banned from making any signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA following a breach of regulations regarding the registration of young players.
FIFA's disciplinary committee has sanctioned both Chelsea and the Football Association after it uncovered 29 cases in which the club were in breach of article 19 of the regulations, relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea were also found to have committed several other infringements relating to the requirements for registering new players.
The Blues will not be able to register new players in either of the next two transfer windows, meaning they will not be able to make any new signings in the 2019-20 season as it stands.
Both Chelsea and the FA have also been fined by FIFA, with the club ordered to pay 600,000 Swiss francs and England's governing body charged 510,000 Swiss francs.
Chelsea have been given 90 days to fix the issues with the players concerned.
The decision can be contested before FIFA's appeal committee.