Chelsea have been given a transfer ban by FIFA and will subsequently be banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows, per Sky Sports.
The Blues have been handed a £460,000 fine, in addition to the transfer ban, after being found guilty of 29 breaches of article 19.
Sky Sports state that in a Chelsea statement have confirmed that they will appeal the decision, saying that they “categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will, therefore, be appealing the decision”.
Chelsea will be able to sell players in the next two transfer windows but will not be able to acquire any new stars.
An 18-month deal was sealed for Gonzalo Higuain in January, as was a transfer for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic. The USA international was loaned back to the German club and will link up with the Premier League giants in the summer.
The news is a blow to Maurizio Sarri’s side, who are having a number of issues on the pitch too. They are currently sixth in the Premier League, a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspur fans, however, have taken great pleasure in the news. Indeed, Spurs have not signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, though they have not been under any sanction.
Their supporters on Twitter have had a field day with the latest news. Take a look at some of the best reaction below.
Imagine facing the realisation that your club can’t spend any money for two transfer windows……..Oh wait, we have just done that and are still in the top 4. Follow that Chelsea 👀#TopManager #COYS #THFC pic.twitter.com/bAgC6GRb29
— CarlTHFC (@CarlAvo10) February 22, 2019
The Pulisic transfer should be voided. They knew a ban was coming and have abused the system to get that transfer done 🙄
— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) February 22, 2019
Chelsea slowly imploding would just be the sweetest thing for so many reasons. No fan-base in the Premier League deserves it more. Transfer ban? Go on then. Hazard leaving? You tease. More Europa? Oh, go on then.
Simply delicious. #COYS
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) February 22, 2019
It's alright Chelsea, well-run clubs like Spurs have shown you don't need to buy players to be incredible, you should be just fine 🙄#COYS
— Jamie Frost (@ospriet) February 22, 2019
Chelsea are done if Hazard leaves. Back to the mid table side they should be. pic.twitter.com/Eht1JhEj1M
— Kerry 💙⚽️ (@KerryCOYS) February 22, 2019
— Luke LNEMS (@travel_luke) February 22, 2019
That’s not a punishment we’ve just done it for fun #COYS
— Geoff Humphrey (@grhumphrey) February 22, 2019
— Myke. (@Myke_88) February 22, 2019