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Chelsea banned from signing players for two transfer windows

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Chelsea has been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA.

The Premier League club has also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing “concerns” with FIFA’s disciplinary processes.

The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

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”.

The appeal will be heard by FIFA Appeal Committee, while the club can also appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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

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.

The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

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Solskjaer offers Pogba Vice-Captaincy as Ashley Young becomes Captain

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only offer Paul Pogba a vice-captaincy role at Manchester United next season, with the armband instead going to veteran Ashley Young.

It emerged on Tuesday that Solskjaer was prepared to give Pogba the captaincy in an effort to persuade the midfielder to snub interest from Real Madrid and commit to the Red Devils.

However, The Times now say that Pogba will in fact be offered a deputy role, with Young to take over from Antonio Valencia as the new United captain.

The 33-year-old is the most senior player at the club and has often worn the armband this past season, with previous skipper Antonio Valencia only making six league appearances.

But United are looking to sign a new, first-choice right-back this summer – Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been mooted – meaning Young will often not be on the pitch.

Solskjaer has therefore narrowed down the candidates to be United’s on-pitch captain when Young is not in the side to three names: Pogba, David de Gea and Chris Smalling.

Nevertheless, there is still a belief that being part of the leadership team at United will give Pogba pause to consider staying at Old Trafford.

 

 

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Chelsea ordered to pay Conte £9m in compensation for unfair dismissal

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Chelsea has been ordered to pay former boss Antonio Conte £9million in compensation.

Conte, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years in west London, has been embroiled in a bitter divorce from the club.

The Italian was sacked last summer and engaged in a legal fight with the Blues, citing unfair dismissal.

Conte, who has held off taking another job during the past 12 months, wanted the final year of his contact paid in full.

Now, a three-person Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal has sided with Conte in the bitter dispute.

However, if Chelsea refuse to accept the tribunal’s ruling, then the judgment can be challenged in the High Court.

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Conor McGregor wants rematch if his fight with Floyd Mayweather & he says he will win

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Conor McGregor has revealed he wants a rematch of his fight with Floyd Mayweather, saying he’s 100% confident he will defeat Floyd.

“I would like to rematch him under boxing rules, again,” Cornor said to Tony Robbins during a recent interview,  “and I believe I would win.”

“Actually, there I go again with that fake humbleness, I KNOW I WOULD WIN!” He affirmed.

Recall that Conor first fought Floyd back in August 2017, but Floyd beating on Conor so badly in the 10th round, the referee stopped the fight.

“When I went into the fight in the early rounds I was WHOOPING him in the early rounds,” Conor said, “I went back to my corner after the 1st round and I said, ‘This is easy!'”

However, Conor says Floyd switched up his style going from a “back-footed,” defensive approach to a more aggressive “Mexican style.”

Conor says the switch shows how talented Floyd is, but he says he can prepare better for that alternative style and crush Floyd in a rematch.

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