FIFA has rejected an appeal from Chelsea to overturn their 1-year transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules.
The Blues will not be able to register players over the age of 16 for the next two transfer windows now.
FIFA announced on Wednesday that, following an appeal, they have decided to go through with the ban… although Chelsea can now go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for one final attempt to overturn the decision. Something they will do.
It has also been revealed that Chelsea will be able to sign players under the age of 16 during the ban.
They will look to get the verdict frozen or overturned at the CAS.
This doesn’t affect Pulisic playing for Chelsea next season. He signed in January and was loaned back to Dortmund. FIFA punishment is a ban on registering new players.
Chelsea had initially expected their ban to be suspended over the summer while they appealed against the sentence, as it was for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in similar circumstances.
But FIFA have since stunned Chelsea by insisting that the ban would apply immediately – leaving them no scope to replace Eden Hazard, assuming that he leaves for Real Madrid for £100m this summer.
Speaking about the outcome, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said: ‘I am not able to help you, I don’t know the situation. I think there will be a statement from the club in the afternoon.’
The club said they were ‘very disappointed’ the ban had not been overturned and ‘categorically’ refuted the findings of FIFA’s appeal committee.
A Chelsea statement read: ‘The club notes that the FIFA appeal committee has decided to partially uphold the appeal lodged by Chelsea FC against the decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee.