Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

On 3 September 2009, Chelsea were found guilty of inducing Gael Kakuta to break his contract with Lens in 2007. Fifa have announced that Chelsea cannot buy any players in the next two transfer windows as a result and must also pay additional "training compensation" of 130,000 euros (£114,000) to Lens, while the player has been banned from playing in official matches for four months. Chelsea say they will "mount the strongest appeal possible" and argue that the sanctions are "totally disproportionate to the alleged offence".

Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

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Small clubs must be defended.

Smaller clubs like Lens have little protection from bigger teams poaching their brightest prospects after years of investment into their youth system. If Chelsea were not punished then these clubs might start to question the value of training their youngsters with the inevitability that if they reach a high standard they will move to a bigger club for very little compensation.

Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

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Chelsea have a history of bad practise.

In 2005, Chelsea were fined £300,000 by the Premier League for tapping up Arsenal defender Ashley Cole. However, it seems that lessons were not learnt and they reoffended just two years later. Therefore Chelsea now deserve a much greater punishment.

Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

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This punishment is the only way to hurt Chelsea

Any sort of financial punishment would not be sufficient for Chelsea, as Abramovich's millions make any fine redundant. Therefore, this ban on buying new players is a good way to actually make Chelsea think twice before committing this crime again.

Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

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Fifa have been inconsistent

This is not an unprecedented case. In 2004 Roma were given a ban of two transfer windows for similar offences in defender Philippe Mexes' move from Auxerre. Roma did appeal and had the ban cut to one transfer window, but this case should have made Chelsea aware of the penalty for their actions. It demonstrates that Fifa are not being unduly harsh on Chelsea.

Similarly, in April Fifa gave the same two windows punishment to Switzerland's FC Sion for signing Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary in 2008 before his deal with Al-Ahly had expired.

Furthermore, Manchester United are also under investigation for having acted improperly when they signed Paul Pogba from Le Havre. If found guilty then they can expect the same treatment as Chelsea.

In the words of Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer, 'If Fifa actually believes Chelsea are the only club guilty of this particular offence in world football, then naivety is being stretched to its furthest point.'[[Phil McNulty, http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/philmcnulty/2009/09/chelsea_will_suffer_after_ban.html Therefore it is unfair that Chelsea are being so harshly punished for a practise that is so common in the world of football, and that no other major clubs have so far received similar punishment.

Chelsea deserve to be banned from signing any new players until January 2011.

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The punishment is "totally disproportionate"

Preventing Chelsea from buying any players until January 2011 will do them much more harm than the acquisition of Gael Kakuta will do them good. Gael Kakuta is a reserve team player with a very small chance of ever making it into the first team. If Chelsea were given the chance they would prefer to give him back to Lens than suffer two bleak transfer windows without a purchase.

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