The Guardian claims that the FIFA investigation into Chelsea‘s transfer dealings involves ‘over 100 young player cases’ with the club set to find out whether they will be banned from the market for two years.
Officers from FIFA’s Integrity and Compliance unit have spent over three years investigating into these cases: at first, it was thought that the number of cases being probed was around 25, however now the number has increased and it is believed the cases can be over 100.
According to French online news site Mediapart, one of the organisations publishing the findings of Football Leaks, Chelsea could be punished with a fine of £45,000 and an embargo on all signings to cover a total of four transfer windows, from next summer to summer 2021, with the club back on transfer market in January 2021.
The unit have delved not only into how players are transferred but how they are being registered at the club’s academy.
The disciplinary committee is now closing in on its decision, which means the West London club will find out soon whether they will face any financial sanctions or a transfer market ban. Should they be found guilty, the club would have the right to an appeal to FIFA and then to the court of arbitration for sport.
FIFA are investigating other Premier League clubs for similar breaches.
Chelsea on Wednesday night said: “The club has fully co-operated with FIFA and has provided comprehensive evidence demonstrating its compliance with FIFA regulations. We will not comment further.”
A FIFA spokesman added: “Investigations were opened concerning Chelsea as well as other English clubs. No further information can be provided.“