Chelsea blocked from signing new players for next two transfer windows

Chelsea blocked from signing new players for next two transfer windows

The crusade of FIFA against the hiring of underage players has resulted in another harsh penalty against one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Chelsea. 

After the sanctions imposed in the last three years on Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, this time it is Chelsea who will have to take a penalty of two transfer windows without being able to register players.

The Ban and the Fine

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided this Friday to sanction Chelsea and the English Football Association for having infringed the regulations regarding the transfer of underage foreigners. The English club cannot hire players for any of their male teams in the next two transfer windows of signings for having skipped the rules at the time of incorporating 29 players to feed their subsidiary.

In addition to the ban, Chelsea must pay a fine of 600,000 Swiss francs (about 681,000 euros) and regulate the situation of young people signed in a period of 90 days. For its part, the English Football Association will have to pay 510,000 Swiss francs (about 579,000 euros) and regulate the situation regarding international transfers and registration of children under 18 years in English football.

“The protection of minors is a key element within FIFA regulations and compliance with this is fundamental, as has been confirmed on several occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),” says FIFA.

The Investigation

Chelsea was being investigated for more than 100 cases. Through a statement, “categorically refutes” the sanction and will go before the Appeals Commission. It is not the first time that the club receives a FIFA sanction. In fact, he received the same penalty in 2009 by the signing of French Gael Kakuta, a Rayo Vallecano player now. Finally, the sanction was in a single transfer period after Chelsea and Lens reached an agreement to resolve the conflict.

Eden Hazard case

It is a punishment that also complicates the arrival of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid next summer. The Belgian has already expressed on several occasions his desire to sign for the Madrid club, but the ban ends the contract in June 2020, just when he will conclude the sanction to the London club. And if there are no signings, it is difficult for Chelsea to let out their star and captain. The only possibility for Hazard to leave next summer is to refuse to renew his contract and the English club prefers to receive the money of his transfer, which would always be greater than one hundred million euros, to let him go free in the summer of 2020.

Club speaks

After knowing the penalty, the London team, whose owner is the Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, responded immediately to FIFA in a statement:

“We welcome the fact 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 acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to Fifa.”

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David de Gea: A model that collides with current school

David de Gea: A model that collides with current school

No player seems more exposed to the debate in the Spanish team than David de Gea, goalkeeper of fame since his youth. 

As it was presumed, he has become a figure at Manchester United, where the fans have chosen him best player of the team in four of the last five years. It is a great tour. It is clear that De Gea has fulfilled the enormous expectations he had raised. However, his performance in the national team has gone from worrying to disturbing.

De Gea is more than just a goalkeeper. He represents one of the two current shot-stoppers that characterize the goalkeepers since the radical change of the rules in 1991. Law of the offside aside, there has been no more important evolution in the last 100 years. Without demanding it and without deserving it, goalkeepers were given a regressive role in football. They functioned as the symbol of slow and speculative football, applied as never before in the World Cup in Italy 90.

The change in regulation meant the loss of a defensive solution – picking with the hands all the passes that their teams wanted – in exchange for a participation in the game that required a minimum of skill with the feet. FIFA added more feet to the goalkeepers and withdrew some of their manual privileges. They were disqualified from receiving with their hands. Suddenly, the great football specialist – that had been the condition of the goalkeepers for more than a century – had to venture into the vast and unknown territory of the other players.

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It is very difficult to be a goalkeeper these days, a requirement that affects growing market price. This year they have paid 80 million euros for the transfers of Arrizabalaga to Chelsea and Alisson to Liverpool. It seems logical. A goalkeeper is now an army knife. It has a very high number of functions, especially for coaches who intend to integrate them into the game as if they were just another player, without losing the old factor that defined the goalkeeper, they are there to stop. Guardiola, Klopp, and Sarri belong to this current trend. Without this kind of new goalkeepers, their projects would get hurt.

De Gea defends the goal of Manchester United and directs Jose Mourinho, whose model is close to the traditional goalkeeper in the small area, near the goal, and with a populated defensive line. This way of interpreting the goalkeeper has been canonical in England, with a disappointing effect for his football. Everything indicates that the future conspires against this archetype, which De Gea belongs to after seven years in the Premier League.

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It is very likely that De Gea would have evolved differently in another team, in another football environment, and with other technicians. But right now he represents the previous line of the goalkeeper, more reaction than anticipation, closer to the goal line than to the line of the goal. Large area, with power but without dexterity in the foot, spectacular for the stops he makes and questionable for the shots he allows. One of his main problems, perhaps the greatest of all, is that he represents a model that collides with the current school of the national team. During his four years as a starter with Spain, De Gea has never given the impression of comfort. His body asks for one thing and the team, another. It is a difficult equation to solve that has ended up affecting his confidence.