BREAKING: FIFA reject Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban

Chelsea lose their transfer ban appeal as FIFA confirm they can’t sign players for two windows… but Blues will go to CAS in final bid to overturn sanctions.

Chelsea’s transfer ban has been upheld by FIFA, meaning the club will not be able to sign any new players in the next two transfer windows.

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.

It has also been revealed that Chelsea will be able to sign players under the age of 16 during the ban.

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.

Chelsea were initially slapped with the two-window ban by FIFA in February for breaching rules in relation to signing under-age non-EU players.