After being banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows - pending an appeal - Chelsea will have to plan for the future in a different way.
Chelsea cannot register new players until the summer of 2020.
Chelsea's academy has been under investigation for potential transfer rule breaches since 2016, when pictures emerged of Bertrand Traore playing against Arsenal in a non-competitive match as a 16-year-old.
A FIFA statement read: 'The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the worldwide transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
It comes following a Federation Internationale de Football Association probe into the Blues' signing of foreign under-18 players, including former striker Bertrand Traore.
The ban also affects Mateo Kovacic, now on loan at Chelsea from Madrid.
"Chelsea acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to Federation Internationale de Football Association".
"Initially, Chelsea was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players. It was fined CHF 510,000 (£391,486) and given a period of six months to address the situation concerning the global transfer and first registration of minors in football", added the statement.
The FA said in a statement it meant to appeal against the decision and was working with Federation Internationale de Football Association and Chelsea in a constructive manner to "address the issues" raised by the case. They argued there is no law against trialing under-18 worldwide players; that it is common practice across Europe and, as such, they believed these cases ought not to have been included in the final judgment.
Having faced a fight for a first-team place as players have come in, surely the conveyor belt stopping for a while would help Loftus-Cheek in his quest to secure a regular place. When Chelsea announced the signing of Pulisic in January, at that moment, his rights belonged to the Blues. Winger Eden Hazard, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has indicated he could look for a transfer at the end of season but he is under contract at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2019-20 season.
At least Gateshead seemed keen not to rub salt into the wounds, though, as they tweeted "Welcome to the club" following the news.
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