Rangers fined by FIFA over Billy Gilmour move to Chelsea
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Rangers fined by FIFA over Billy Gilmour move to Chelsea

Rangers have been fined by FIFA as part of their crackdown into transfers involving youth players following Billy Gilmour’s move to Chelsea in 2017.

The wonderkid signed for the Blues when he turned 16 for £550,000 and has quickly risen through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and started their clash with Manchester United in midweek.

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Chelsea were hit by a transfer ban by FIFA and after appealing it, the Gers have now found themselves caught in the crossfire and have now landed a fine.

FIFA determined that the Gers entered into a third-party arrangement by agreeing not to sell Gilmour to another club before his sixteenth birthday.

FIFA’s findings, as quoted by the Daily Record, state: “The committee has no doubt that these clauses entitled CFC to influence on the policies of Rangers and Ajax, since it could prevent them from loaning the player to another club.

“In this respect, the committee considers that clubs, in order to be considered truly independent, shall be free to negotiate and loan their players with no need to obtain the authorization from another club.

“Likewise, the committee is of the firm opinion that clause 6.1 (d) of the Rangers agreement and 5.1 (d) of the Ajax agreement limited the independence of the respective clubs, since they had the obligation, upon request of CFC, to release the players in question so that they could attend take part to specific trainings and matches with CFC.

“Once again, the committee considers that these clauses entitled the appellant to influence both Rangers and Ajax in transfer related matters. Indeed, said clubs would be obliged to release the players upon request of CFC, regardless of whether it was in their sporting interest to keep them with their team.”

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Since leaving Ibrox, Gilmour has come on leaps and bounds and is now a regular part of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad at the Bridge.

While the Gers were fined, it’s a minor amount and doesn’t really amount to much more than a slap on the wrists for a transfer that would have happened regardless.

 

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