English Premier League side Chelsea has been banned by world governing body FIFA from signing players for the next two transfer windows.
The sanction comes after the club was found to have breached FIFA regulations on the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
The punishment applies to the registration of new players on both a national and international level, meaning that Chelsea, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, will be unable to strengthen their squad until June 2020.
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee found the club guilty of 29 breaches of Article 19, which relates to violations regarding the registration of minors at the London outfit’s academy.
The statement from FIFA also declared that Chelsea “committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players.”