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Chelsea were involved in 150 rule breaches, which involved the registration of 71 players

REVEALED: Chelsea breached 150 rules involving 71 young players to earn their two-window transfer ban… with one kid appearing in 75 games over three years despite only being registered for 18 weeks

  • Frank Lampard was unable to invest in the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge 
  • FIFA released their full findings with some startling figures about players used 
  • Chelsea have appealed to have the ban dismissed for January transfer window
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Chelsea did not register a number of youth players over several seasons, a report from FIFA into the Blues’ dealings confirmed on Thursday. 

The Premier League club were unable to sign players in the summer – and currently will be unable to acquire players in January – due to the mishandling of player registrations. 

Now, the staggering statistics behind it all have emerged, with a grand total of 150 rule breaches involving 71 youngsters. 

Chelsea were involved in 150 rule breaches, which involved the registration of 71 players

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Chelsea were involved in 150 rule breaches, which involved the registration of 71 players 

New manager Frank Lampard was unable to purchase players in the summer transfer window

New manager Frank Lampard was unable to purchase players in the summer transfer window

New manager Frank Lampard was unable to purchase players in the summer transfer window 

The full findings, released in a 44-page document by FIFA, show the number of games unregistered youth team members played for the club, and in doing so dismissed Chelsea’s defence against the rule breaches. 

One unnamed player turned out 75 times for the club between 2013-16, despite being registered as a trialist for just 18 weeks.

Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso striker who is now at Lyon, played for three years at the club before his eventual registration in 2014.  

Bertrand Traore officially signed in 2014 but first appeared for the club three years earlier

Bertrand Traore officially signed in 2014 but first appeared for the club three years earlier

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Bertrand Traore officially signed in 2014 but first appeared for the club three years earlier