I’m sure we’ve all heard today’s news that Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from making any new signings in the next two transfer windows.
Chelsea have received the ban after French side Lens made a complaint regarding the signing of Gael Kakuta. Kakuta, who is now a regular in the Chelsea reserve team, was illegally induced to sign for the London club back in the summer of 2007.
Both Chelsea and Kakuta have also recieved large fines and the player has now been banned from playing football for a total of four months. This was part of the statement released by FIFA earlier today :
“This decision confirms our aim to ensure contractual stability. It is an important ruling for football in general.”
I really don’t know what to make of the whole story. Chelsea obviously tapped up the player somewhat, however they did the same thing with Ashley Cole back in 2006 and they only received a fine then. So what makes this case any different? Well to tell you the truth, I’m not 100% sure.
Today’s decision will no doubt have massive consequences for Chelsea Football Club. We all know that the current squad isn’t the youngest and let’s be honest, they could have done with adding a few new younger players to the squad. I doubt the appeal will go too well so it looks like Carlo Ancelotti will have to make do with the players he has now.
What do you think? Have FIFA been a bit harsh on Chelsea?