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Chelsea are being investigated by Fifa over their recruitment of young players

World football’s governing body has opened an inquiry into the Blues’ youth transfer policy.

The Chelsea crest on a corner flag at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea crest on a corner flag at Stamford Bridge.
Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

CHELSEA INSIST THEY comply “with all Fifa statutes and regulations when recruiting players” after world football’s governing body confirmed an investigation into the Premier League club is ongoing regarding the signing of young talent.

Reports emerged in the British media on Tuesday claiming Fifa had started looking into Chelsea’s recruitment of foreign footballers under the age of 18.

It will be the third probe of its kind in recent years involving the London club.

Chelsea were investigated over the signing of Gael Kakuta from Lens in 2007 and were given a transfer ban two years later, before the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in their favour following an appeal.

The signing of Bertrand Traore was examined in 2016, but Chelsea were cleared of any wrongdoing.

“We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing in relation to the club, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation,” Fifa said.

Chelsea are confident that they have followed all the necessary regulations, however.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “Chelsea FC complies with all Fifa Statutes and Regulations when recruiting players.”

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