Chelsea face FIFA ban over Traore transfer
Premier League giants Chelsea have denied that they have broken any rules over the signing of Burkinabe Bertrand Traore.
Speculation is mounting that the Stamford Bridge outfit could face a transfer ban from FIFA.
FIFA does not allow the international transfer of a minor (an under-18) – a rule that has seen both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid handed transfer bans for the next two windows.
Traore signed a contract for Chelsea’s senior team in December 2013, and completed the transfer on the 1 January 2014, despite featuring for the club’s under-18s team against Arsenal in 2011.
But Chelsea have insisted that there has been no wrongdoing over Traore’s move.
“Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea FC in January 2014 in compliance with FA and Premier League Rules,” a Chelsea spokesperson told Press Association Sport.
“Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014.
A full international from the age of 15, Traore has represented Burkina Faso at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.