Chelsea handed transfer ban by FIFA

(CNN)English Premier League side Chelsea has been banned by world governing body FIFA from signing players for the next two transfer windows. The statement from FIFA also declared that Chelsea “committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players.” It added that the club had “breached article 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.” Chelsea’s women’s and futsal teams are not covered by the ban, while it also does not affect the release of players from their contracts. When the next registration period opens, Chelsea will also be able to bring back players away from the club on loan. The Stamford Bridge …