Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained

Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained

In February 2019, FIFA ruled that Chelsea
had breached rules relating to the registration of players under 18. Consequently, their only
summer acquisition involving a fee was Mateo Kovačić, who completd his transfer from
Madrid a year after agreeing an initial loan deal. The ban has genuine ramifications for a team
who, according to Transfermarkt, have an annual player expenditure in the region of £100m
and who have always relied upon the short pulses of improvement that player trading
can provide. But they’ll now have to do without until
the summer of 2020. Chelsea have been judged to have breached FIFA’s Article 19, which
prohibits the transfer of players under the age of 18, but with three key exceptions. A minor is allowed to move clubs if: a) A player’s parents move to a new country
for reasons unconnected to football. b) The player lives no further than 50km from
a national border and wishes to be registered in the neighbouring association. Or, c) A transfer takes place between two
clubs within the EEA, the player is aged between 16 and 18, and the club fulfils the minimum
requirements of football training, academic education and acceptable living accommodation
and welfare. Chelsea were found to have committed 29 breaches
of article 19 and stand accused of serious and systemic failings in their dealings with
minors. The authorities are reported to have been prompted to act after the signing of
Bertrand Traoré, the Burkina Faso forward, who signed professional terms on January 1st
2014. Although he had turned 18, photos later emerged
of Traoré, now at Lyon, playing for Chelsea in in a non-competitive game against Arsenal
in October, 2011, aged 16. It is claimed that the club paid Traoré’s mother more than
£150,000 to secure a first refusal option on the player, in addition to an extra £13,000
to the club AJE Bobo-Dioulasso,. The investigation into Chelsea drew comparisons
to a similar ruling in Spain, which saw Barcelona receive a two-window ban in 2014. The Catalan
side were sanctioned after FIFA had been alerted to, among nine other cases, the signing of
13-year-old Lee Seung-woo. At the time, Lee was considered one of the finest prospects
for his age, a future Lionel Messi, but he would eventually be sold to Italian side Verona
for less than €2m and, today, has a very different sort of legacy. In such cases, FIFA’s digital Transfer Matching
System (TMS) is fundamental to identifying troubling cases. TMS is an online platform for FIFA member
associations to record player transfers between clubs. Its use was made mandatory in 2010
and it now monitors minors from the age of 10 and upwards. It requires buying and selling
clubs to enter details of the player and the transfer before gaining approval and, in cross-border
cases, before an international transfer certificate is dispensed. It’s a key tool in indentifying
disparities and red flags. In Chelsea’s case, the Traore case spawned
an investigation into 92 other transfers, within which 29 infractions were found. The transfer of Andreas Christensen from Brondby
in 2012, for instance, also raised concern and was reportedly facilitated by a payment
of £600,000 to his father. According to Football Leaks, Sten Christensen
was employed as a talent scout for four years, while remaining goalkeeping coach at Brondby
and carrying out no such work on behalf of Chelsea. When questioned by Danish newspaper
Politiken, he suggested reporters contact Chelsea, commenting: “It sounds like a story
you have got from someone in Ukraine or something like that. I have no comment whatsoever.” It is understood that the London team avoided
any form of censure over the signing of Christensen after the Premier League announced an amnesty
in November, 2015, in order to inform their new policies on the transfers of academy players. But similar cases continue to blight the game.
Manchester City are alleged to have given a scouting contract to Jadon Sancho’s agent,
Emeka Obasi, worth £200,000 when the player, now at Borussia Dortmund, was 14 and playing
for Watford. Liverpool were banned from signing academy
players from other English clubs for two years in 2017, after reportedly tapping-up an unnamed
12-year-old from Stoke City. And Everton’s academy remains under a transfer
embargo until November 2020, after they were found guilty of both offering inducements
to family members of a Cardiff City player and of providing false information to the
Premier League. Having admitted the charge, the club suspended their Head of Academy and
launched their own internal investigation. Chelsea are the most high profile case and
FIFA’s ruling has certainly made an example out of them, but they are unique only in the
sense that the charges against them were proven and then upheld on appeal. The practices of
which they were found guilty, however, have been worryingly common for some time.

100 thoughts on “Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained

  1. You are extremely so correct about the Chelsea's transfer ban of 2 years and that is what the English FA particularly should have done to both Chelsea and Manchester City 10 years ago,admin!!!:-D

  2. In America, this is known as recruitment bribery. In which a 'donor' will bribe a top athlete to play sports for a certain school they fancy. The most notorious case being the SMU scandal in which several top athletes had been paid to play at this school. The end result was the NCAA sanctioning the school by revoking the scholarships of future athletes and prohibiting the school from offering scholarships to athletes for 5 years. SMU went from being a perennial title contender to floundering in the second division of college football.

    In America, an athlete can play in a respective sport for 4 years before deciding to go professional. They are non paid amateurs and the chance to go to school while have their tuition, rooming and board completely paid for is seen as the only form of payment they need. SMU being bannee from offering scholarships to the school negatively impacted its attendance and funding. The 4 years they were denied the ability to recruit sank them so low in competition they will never be able to compete for any major tier college sporting title.

    To make a comparison, it would be the same as a top premiere club being demoted straight to the 9th tier of english football all while having your best talent leave you and your assets dried up.

  3. Should've mentioned somewhere in the video that it's not a TRANSFER ban. It's a REGISTRATION ban. Barcelona signed players when they were serving a ban for this. They just couldn't register them and therefore play them.

  4. my man we get you're British and obviously biased towards the Prem. but can we please get more more history videos on great world players like R9, Dinho, Zidane, etc? hell I'll take players that played in the Prem if you want like Henry, I feel like those are so important to discuss because many new fans have zero clue of the history of the game all they know is Messi, CR&, Neymar. They have no clue Pre-Knee injury R9 is probably the GOAT or at the very least the highest peak any player every reached skill wise from 1995-1998, They have no clue how magical Dinho was in his prime or Zidane. Many don't even know Kaka was better than Messi or CR7 as well prior to injury.

  5. Every powerful club is at it. FIFA, UEFA and national FAs don't have the balls to do what's necessary to enforce the rules.

    It's particularly weird how clubs are so willing to pay out backhamders for youth players when so few of them actually go on to make it. They're just pissing money away while running the risk of "serious" repercussions. Doesn't seem like good business strategy to me.

  6. Can you guys do a video about 1994 Malaysian match-fixing scandal that brought down the entire country football scene that never recovered from since

  7. Chelsea will finish 3rd or higher. This is a much better squad than last year with a manager who adapts to win and creating more counterattacking chances(where Chelsea have always thrived)
    In UCL they'll get to the quarters or further

  8. I am a Chelsea fan but I believe they deserve the ban. It's like selling underaged kids which is wrong. They deserve the ban although it could be a blessing in disguise!

  9. I hate it when I hear the saying “ the new messi “ . Messi is his completely own , unique player comparable to none. Not even Ronaldo

  10. The 3 exceptions imposed by FIFA are just a way to provide the big clubs some alternate path for carrying out the transfer for minors. The removal of those 3 exceptions is the best way to ensure an end to this trade of minors. If anyone's more interested on this topic they should read "The Lost Boys: Inside Football’s Slave Trade" by Ed Hawkins. The book clearly explains the dark side of the game

  11. Since 2009 Chelsea have had a good number of youth players who have won the FA youth cup many times… we've had Sam Walker, Michael Mancienne, Gael Kakuta, Jack Cork, Jacob Mellis, Daniel Philliskirk, etc… Not one of them were given a chance… Well it's about time the youth are shining

  12. Why minors have to suffer such as not being able to play any games due to club's fault. FIFA needs to improve this rule. Clubs can always find players and pay fines but young players not being able to play football for few years will ruin their lives.

  13. In my opinion, no club should be allowed to Have players in the first team who are under 18. I think is bad for the development of a child player.

  14. Bribing agents of 14 year olds. I thought players are not allowed an offical outside agent untill they are 18? Tapping up 12 year olds. This is the dark side of football.

    I take it players under 16 dont get paid? Because it's illegal to earn money in the UK if your under 16. Wouldn't surprise me if the parents are given a load of money instead.

    There should be a limit on the amount of players a club can loan out imo. At one point I believe Chelsea had around 40 players out on loan which is madness. Todd Kane I think is in his 5th or 6th season of being out on loan, what's the point in that?

  15. People don't realize how Chelsea FC youth teams have dominated over the last decade
    5X Youth FA cups consecutively ,6 in total
    Of the 6 youth Champions League, Chelsea have been in 4x finals and won 2x.
    That's equal to Barcas youth record of 2, but Barca have been in less finals.
    They've left every youth team in England in the dust so dont go comparing Arsenal and ManU youth teams with little to no YOUTH trophy list.
    It was only a matter of time before they start showing how good they are in the First team.

  16. To be honest i don’t have any idea about the transfer ban but with this video it made exceptionally clear now. Thanks Tifo 💖

  17. as many are saying, "it is a blessing in disguise." now they will have lot of money next summer and will identify the main problem they have in the meantime. so, the money will be accurately spent in next summer.

  18. The transfer ban has been a blessing for chelsea had a hance to develop our acadamy and when we can spend in the summer we will have a fucking war chest 300 million min

  19. I think this Fifa rule is quite silly. Clubs are always going to try and snap up prospects at an early age so they can either promote them to the first team if they are good enough or sell for a profit to other clubs. It is a little unethical to be paying these huge sums to parents and agents for the young talent but it has been happening for ages and will not stop. If anything, this rule should be looked at and perhaps downsized

  20. 😂 Imagine if Jadon Sancho was tearing up the league right now with Watford. Him and Deulofeu on the wings would have been a good one.

  21. I don't wanna be that guy who compares our team to other teams who are arguably much worse offenders of transfer laws (mancity, psg, etc.) so I'll just say I'm happy with the current state of the team and more academy players get a chance to make an impact on the first team. I do realize that not every lucas piazon or josh mceachran can be a future world class player but abraham, mount and tomori are showing us that there are young lads who can definitely help the team. and of course examples like de bruyne, lukaku and salah teach us that some players shouldn't be sold after 1 bad season.

  22. Thankyou for the unbiased video. Obviously it's worked out in our favour, but yeah, shady practice that needs to stop. In fact, it's about time FIFA really started implementing punishments for all the offences, from tapping up players to PED abuse. Both are prevalent in the modern game.

  23. Can anyone explain this to me. Son Heung Min doesn't satisfy any of the 3 exceptions of article 19. How then is he able to move to Hamburg when he is underage?

  24. Is it just me or the charge of a 1 year transfer ban seem really minor compared to how they abused the rules for so long and will probably continue to do

  25. Thanks FIFA, huge money saved this year, next year we can buy a world class Center back and hopefully become title challengers, I'd say get Koulibaly and have him partner Tomori or Rudiger.

  26. The main reason Chelsea main team alone got the axe was because the owner was a high profile Russian.
    So much for separation of justice system and UK politics.

    In no way am I saying that chelsea shoud not have been penalised. Every other club (the main team) should have been penalised as well.

  27. Blessing in disguise as many have said. This is a problem with all the big teams really, unless their hand is forced and a manager who is willing to take risks, like Chelsea/Lampard have, nearly all will go out and buy players! Maybe FIFA should think about enforcing quotas of academy players being part of the squad too, how many dreams have been destroyed by the big clubs of not giving the youngsters a proper chance?

  28. It is ludicrous to prevent parents/guardians of young players from earning monies from professional football clubs, considering the hyper commercial state of football. Yes, young players ought to be protected, but clubs should be allowed to pay parents/guardians monies because football clubs nurture young players with one thing in mind – financially capitalising on those players when they are good enough to play first team football. Even when players are not good enough for first teams, they are stick worth small fortunes to clubs. If young players consent (if they are not coerced), good and proper parents/guardians, should be given monies to secure players' welfare.

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  30. This ban along with Lamps appointment is the turning point for Chelsea. Lamps would have used these youth players nonetheless but the ban means the board won't buy expensive flops like Bakayoko and Drinkwater.

    Our youth is one of the best in the world and I been wanting to see them got over 5 years.

  31. I had very low expectations of this season because of the ban and also because of the loss of Hazard as well as the injuries of Reece, Callum, and Ruben at the beginning of the season. I always believed that Abraham should've been given a chance at the club and not wrote off because of his spell as Swansea but I never expected him to be this good although I expect him to slow down. The board have notoriously made terrible signings and because Cech is now there to advise Marina, I think that our signings will be much more focused and improve the team straight away. As much as I love the youth and the interconnectedness of the team right now, we undoubtedly need more depth in positions if we want to challenge the likes of City and Liverpool. I expected 5th this season but with Spurs in turmoil (you love to see it) I think top 4 is surely on the cards unless Spurs and Man U dramatically improve which I don't foresee.

  32. So a transfer ban for solicitating underage players has been offset by said players stepping up to the first team. Cheats never prosper….

  33. As a Chelsea fan, is there any chance we can petition FIFA to extend the ban for another transfer window or two? 😂

  34. If we didnt have the ban…
    Sarri probably wouldnt have left
    Which means that we would still play old players like Giroud and Pedro
    Which means no Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori
    In a way, this has helped Chelsea

  35. Transfer ban has probably been the best thing to happen to Chelsea ! I think they will come out stronger at the end of the ban because it has meant they have had to bring on their very very talent youngsters . They might not win anything this season but the experience they gain this season will make for a great future .

  36. I thought the ban was supposed to be a punishment? All it's done is give me one of the more enjoyable Chelsea seasons in recent years and it's not even over yet.

  37. FIFA is furious at all those bribed and money illegally exchanged behind the scenes.
    They did not get a cut so they acted with such speed and zeal.

  38. As a Chelsea fan, I'm really happy for the ban. Simply because Roman Abramovich can save some money & we can use it to buy a big world class player whenever we feel like it. As a business, if we're successful this season it would also be great for him to gain something back without needing spend the funds.

  39. I went to a school in Surrey and in year 8 some Croatian lad called Karlo Ziger joined and was a Chelsea youth keeper and said he played for some massive Croatian club (forgot their name) so he must’ve been one of the 29 breaches 😂😂😂

  40. That feeling then ManCity did exactly the same thing as Chelsea but they just had to pay 500k to Fifa and thats it

    Madrid needs to rely a bit more on youth instead of Galacticos
    Barca needs to gain the same strength with the Academy as before
    Look at the players they got

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