Chelsea’s Signing of Christensen Now Being Looked Into

The FA are reviewing allegations following reports of alleged illegal payments to Andreas Christensen’s father around the time of his transfer to Chelsea from Brondby.

The Blues reportedly employed the young Dane’s father – Sten – as a scout on the same day that they signed the player, and was paid over £650,000 across four years.

Clubs are not allowed to make payments to families of minors and the Premier League have handed both Liverpool and Everton fines and youth transfer bans in the past for similar breaches of conduct.

“The FA is aware of the allegations and we are reviewing them,” an FA spokesman said in a statement to Goal.

Sten was a goalkeeping coach at Brondby, and Football Leaks’ original allegation – published by Politiken in November – suggested that he remained at his post at the Danish club and did not actually work as a scout for Chelsea.

If the Blues were to be handed a youth transfer ban, it will come at a bad time for the club, who have recently been handed a two-window ban and a £460,000 fine for a breach of conduct regarding the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 after they were found to be guilty of misconduct in 29 of the 92 cases FIFA reviewed.

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