Arsenal and Chelsea facing Barcelona-style transfer bans from FIFA

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According to reports from The Express, Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea could both be handed transfer bans by FIFA similar to Barcelona’s two-window embargo. 

The European giants were issued a 14-month transfer ban in April 2014, upheld until December 2014 due to a failed appeal, after breaching FIFA rules relating to the transfer of players under 18 years of age.

Although the Catalans still made signings during the last two transfer windows, such as summer arrivals Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, they’re not allowed to register new players until the embargo is lifted in January 2016.

Earlier this week, Mundo Deportivo called for FIFA issue the same punishment to Real Madrid after an investigation found them, along with local rivals Atletico Madrid, guilty of similar practices.

But fellow Spanish publication AS have now followed up by claiming Arsenal and Chelsea have been investigated as well and could face the same penalty.

It is not the first time the London rivals have been in trouble for their actions in the transfer market. The Blues received a transfer ban in 2009 that was later rescinded after allegedly ‘tapping up’ Gael Kakuta from Lens, whilst the Gunners received a £60k fine last month relating to Calum Chambers’ £16million move to the Emirates in summer 2014.

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