Gary Lineker has used Tottenham Hotspur to mock Chelsea after they were banned by Fifa from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to youth players.
It comes following a Fifa investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players, including former forward Bertrand Traore.
Traore, who now plays his football in France for Lyon – signed his first professional contract at Chelsea in 2013 at the age of 18 but was not registered until January 2014.
Football Leaks, French website Mediapart claimed Fifa found evidence that Chelsea had misled them over the dates, while Traore was found to have made 25 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit (under-16, under-18 and first team) despite not being registered by the FA.
Chelsea admitted they paid his mother £155,000, as well as a further £13,000 to the club she chaired – AJE Bobo-Dioulasso – in April 2011 to allow them first refusal over his signature.
That deal, it is alleged, was for four and a half years, despite the limit for under-18s being three years.
It is also claimed Chelsea paid for Traore to attend the £20,000-a-year Whitgift School in Surrey.
The world governing body says it found breaches in 29 cases out of 92 investigated. Chelsea have said they will appeal against the decision.
Tottenham Hotspur have not signed a new player in the last two transfer windows on their own account, yet find themselves above the Blues in the Premier League table.
Lineker wasted no time in mocking Chelsea on Twitter.
Chelsea have been given a two-transfer window ban for breaching rules around the transfer of minors. Spurs have just completed their two window ban and have been fine…..I know, it wasn’t a ban.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 22, 2019
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