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Chelsea have been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after breaching FIFA rules about signing minors.

The Premier League club have also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction.

Both Chelsea and the FA say they will appeal the fines, with the latter citing “concerns” over FIFA’s disciplinary processes.

Chelsea were found guilty of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18, some 29 times.

FIFA have given the club 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.

Chelsea say they “categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision”.

Sky Sports News understands the punishments are the result of a three-year FIFA investigation into the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

Karen Carney of Chelsea Women in action during the UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Chelsea Women and Fiorentina
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The ban does not apply to the club’s women’s team

One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.

Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.

“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” FIFA said in a statement.

In the past, clubs have appealed similar penalties, delaying the implementation of a registration ban and allowing them to sign players.

Chelsea themselves were given a transfer ban in 2009 over a player joining them illegally, but the club appealed and the ban was reduced.

Chelsea said in a statement they were initially charged in relation to 92 players.

“We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players.

“Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA,” the club added.

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