Chelsea recruitment staff ‘reminded of their responsibilities’ after flouting lockdown to make two academy signings

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Two members of Chelsea’s recruitment team broke coronavirus lockdown guidelines to make two academy signings last weekend, leading to criticism from rival clubs.

Saturday, May 16 marked the first day club academies could register players for Under-9s football next season.

And, according to reports, Chelsea’s local head of recruitment and another member of academy staff acted quickly by taking a trip to sign at least two eight-year-old players.

Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium is in west London

Football.London claim to have seen pictures of the Blues duo entering the homes of the two youngsters to sign contracts with the Premier League club, despite the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown rules.

It is claimed Chelsea will be reminding those members of staff of their social responsibilities.

For top academies there is quite often a rush to sign the most promising young players from the local area once the registration period opens on the third Saturday on May every year.

And a scout at one of Chelsea’s rival clubs told that that Blues’ flouting of the lockdown was ‘disrespectful’.

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Their actions are seen by other clubs as an attempt to steal a march on their rivals in the ‘very competitive market’ for Year Three-aged boys, with the rival scout claiming Chelsea ‘may have thought that other clubs were looking at the same players as them’.

It is said other London clubs stuck to the rules and instead recruited players via video call, instead of visiting them with physical contracts.

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