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As a punishment from FIFA something to do with Geal Kakuta...
Surely they can’t enforce this? Eduardo, this... FIFA have gone nuts haven’t they?
They’re really gunning for the top English clubs?
Still, I hate them all so bring it on!
let out a loud WHHUUUUUUUUT???!?!
Especially considering that their squad is reasonably old.
But it sounds like one of these things, like Eduardo, where it's all well and good if the authorities want to crackdown on illegal approaches etc. so long as they intend to issue the same punishment to everyone else caught doing it.
(i'm sure it'll be appealed and become a suspended sentence mind)
it'll get quashed.
I think they should bring on some insane punishments for each of the top flight clubs just to liven things up a bit in the premier league. Therefore:
-Chelsea may not buy any player
-Aresnal players are only allowed to play whilst hopping on one leg
-Man U players have to pose nude in Grazzia before they are eligeble to play
-Liverpool players are only allowed to take the field wearing shell suits and comedy scouser wigs.
go staple a nipple to your boss's trousers you thrill-seeker.
as they knew this might be coming?
This is a pretty unprecedented punishment. They'll have been offering new contracts to players most because a) their contract contract stipulates they be reviewed at a certain point and b) they don't want anyone 'buying out' their contracts.
I don't think many people in world football could have seen this coming.
Can't defend that. I think 2 registration periods is a bit much though, considering FIFA came to the conclusion that the player was just as liable to punishment and has been banned for just 4 months (he'd never have featured anyway). 1 would be fair and I imagine that there will be a (probably successful) appeal to that affect.
The funniest thing is seeing Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs fans across the world of football forums rejoicing. Don't. Be afraid. Be very fucking afraid. Every single club in at least the top 10 is guilty of the same thing Chelsea have been caught out for and if FIFA mean business, they'll all get it.
No-one'll "mean business". Now they've picked a scapegoat to punish and show they're tough on these kinds of things they'll go back to sweeping it under the rug again.
I was under the impression that continental clubs couldn't offer players professional terms until a later age than in the UK, which was why English sides often 'poached' young Spanish and French players. The case is from over 2 years ago and Kakuta has only just turned 18.
Did the rules change at some point? I'll confess I don't follow them too closely.
I won't get one for another 15 months!
YOU'RE GOD DAMMIT
if it had happened to spurs and redknapp you would be wetting yourself. (I'll also allow you to laugh when it does happen)
it's just really absurd, and completely out of the blue. did anyone at chelsea (or fans) have any idea this was coming?
Obviously none of us have enough knowledge of how things are done behind the scenes to draw comparisons between how clubs do their business. Chelsea might be by far the worst for this, but equally they might be no more guilty than Arsenal or the Mancs.
This case has been running for 2 years though so who knows how many others are in the system, could be the start of some crazyness.
Or they might appeal it and get a big fine and a suspended sentance.
Chelsea are known for tapping players up, so shouldn't be surprised when they get five across the eyes for it.
Bet their youth team players are pleased, eh?
I would suggest that FIFA and UEFA are working in tandem to try and reduce the dominance of English clubs in European and global club football competitions.
but didn't know it would be serious. I don't think anyone but 2 or 3 people in the DRC did!
It's pretty funny in an absurd way. I probably wouldn't laugh at it happening to any other club though. I don't roll that way.
is that the big difference is that this time the 'victimised' club complained. Not an opinion I've just formed either, the case was first reported about 18 months ago.
But like you say, who knows really.
I still think they're going to canter to the title this year without having to add any players, and then they will have a title winning squad to last until January with next season.
The only issue might be that they will miss out on adding someone like Ribery if he properly becomes available through rowing with the boss, and a rival will snap him up.
of Platini’s proposal to cap spending (although that was almost certainly motivated by a desire to reign in Man City).
I can’t see them not withdrawing that support now.
The World Club Championship? Ha!
But yeah on the European front, the thing is English clubs are kind of dominating, but kind of not dominatinghey won the European Cup every year bar one from 1977 to 1984. The last few years now they keep filling all the semi-final places, but they've still only won the European Cup twice this decade. They've had three semi-finalists the last three years, but only managed to win the tournament once in that time. This means it makes even less sense for UEFA to get so stroppy over it all in my opinion.
a couple of long-term injuries going into the Christmas period (coupled with the African Nations Cup) and they could be fucked.
they'll have at least 3 or 4 players going to africa.
And they won't be able to do the usual post world cup pillaging that all big teams do.
This is good. Not because of what it will do to Chelsea but because it's dramatic and interesting.
It's just a shame that Chelsea already have the biggest, most consistent squad in the Premiership. If it had happened to us, I'd probably do a little tear.
by biggest, I mean they've got a larger pool of world class superstars than anyone.
"oh fuck now we're gonna have to play joe cole and deco"
Stupidest football expression ever. Just say they're old!
First I heard was on 5 Live coming home, where literally the opening statement of the sports news was "Chelsea have been banned from signing any new players until 2011". That's the sort of sentence you have to hear more than once to comprehend the "actually happened" nature of.
(Oh, and Roma were banned for two windows, halved on appeal, for tapping up Mexes in 2005)
screaming "What about us?!"
...will no doubt be next seeing as Benitez has followed up the Houllierian tradition of buying 'decent looking' continental teenagers who turn out to be fucking rubbish. He looks about as reputable and above board as a South American government.
In other news, Ryan Babel has 34 caps for Holland! 34!!! What kind of a world do we live in...
maybe they will have to do that now, instead of selling the 40+ under 19s they sign every season on a year later.
If this is one thing they're supposedly cracking down on though, I can imagine smaller clubs that may have had their players poached thinking of having another crack at pressing charges. I'm sure a team like Madrid must have loads of dubious transfer dealings, though I doubt Platini or Blatter would have the balls to go after them.
what with their galactico policy.
Man utd definitely have one with Petrucci+Macheda, the Lazio manager has moaned about it for quite a while. Similar issue with one of the players we bought this season too, possibly McGinty