Chelsea FC Under Investigation for Third Time in Eight Years

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It was an extremely weird summer transfer window at Chelsea FC, and it came to a wild, bizarre ending on deadline day. The drama is not over yet, as the club is being investigated by FIFA for transfer dealings regarding youth players. This is the third time in eight years that Chelsea FC have been under investigation, and the club has publicly denied any wrongdoing.

The investigation focuses on the club’s conduct revolving around the signing of foreign players under the age of 18.

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A FIFA spokesman made a bare bones, minimalist statement: “As the investigation is ongoing, no further comment is possible for the time being.”

The Telegraph writes that: Chelsea overturned a transfer ban imposed in 2009 over their 2007 recruitment of Gaël Kakuta from Lens, while last year saw them investigated about Bertrand Traoré’s move to Stamford Bridge after pictures emerged of the midfielder playing for them before he had international clearance.

Chelsea host Nottingham Forest in the League Cup third round tonight, a match that will see star wide midfielder Eden Hazard make his first start since last season. Hazard missed all of Chelsea’s preseason with a broken ankle.

Chelsea FC made a statement on the transfer investigation, with a club spokesperson saying  “Chelsea FC complies with all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players.”

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now and Minute Media. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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