So the FIFA ban on Chelsea has let the genie out of the bottle and it will be almost impossible to put it back in. Why? Because the whole matter is far from being as straightforward as many pundits pretend it is.
FIFA has certain regulations with regards to the transfer of minors who are under contract, Chelsea were found guilty of breaking those regulations so the punishment had to be meted out.
The problem with that simplistic argument is that it’s not so simple! The bottom line appears to be the interpretation of employment laws and who has the right to uphold them.