French FF celebrate Chelsea transfer ban

The French Football Federation have welcomed FIFA's decision to ban Chelsea from signing players until January 2011.

The French Football Federation have welcomed FIFA's decision to ban Chelsea from signing players until January 2011.

Chelsea were rocked this week by a FIFA ban on signing any players during the next two transfer windows after luring teenager Gael Kakuta from Lens, a decision they intend to appeal.

French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes, meanwhile, is pleased with the decision to punish Chelsea.

He said: "We had alerted FIFA and the Football Association against such misbehaviour.

"What these clubs are doing is like what I have seen from Qatar in other sports, who sent their sporting directors to Paris to recruit and nationalise young athletes.

"We are perfectly happy to see such misbehaviour being sanctioned.''