No new signings for Chelsea

Chelsea may have billions in the bank to spend on new players thanks to oligarch owner Roman Abramovich but until 2011 it’s utterly worthless. The West London club have been hit by a crippling “no new signings” for two transfer windows (e.g. until January 2011). The more than substantial ruling comes after the football governing body FIFA found the blues guilty of inducing 18 year-old French winger Gael Kakuta in breach of his contract when he joined from Lens in 2007.

"Chelsea is banned from registering any new players for the two next registration periods," said the official statement from FIFA.

They can and no doubt will appeal against the harsh decision but in the meantime they are ordered to pay compensation of £682,000 (pocket change for Roman).

UEFA president Michel Platini after the hearing said: "The question of minors is above all a moral and ethical issue. We have a duty to take concrete steps to protect young players and training clubs."

After a very quiet summer for new signings and Ruski flip-flop Shevchenko finally leaving the club, this looks like being a another unlucky season for Chelski. We’d love to see Sir Fergie’s face now...

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