Chelsea to escape punishment for illegal payments made to Andreas Christensen's father when signing Dane as 16-year-old in 2012

CHELSEA will reportedly escape punishment for the illegal payments made to Andreas Christensen's father.

That is because, according to the Mail, the West London club admitted the transactions to the Premier League during an amnesty period in November 2015.

In documents exposed by Football Leaks and reported by Politiken last autumn, it is alleged that Chelsea employed Christensen's father Sten as a scout on the same day they signed the defender, now 22, from Brondby in 2012.

But despite paying Sten £11,400 per month for four years, he did not do any work for the Blues and instead remained in his role as a goalkeeping coach at Brondby.

Clubs are not allowed to pay family members of minors.

Premier League rules state clearly: "No club may lure or attempt to entice a player to sign a contract by offering him or any person directly or indirectly a benefit or payment."

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Both Liverpool and Everton have been fined for breaching the regulations and were slapped with youth transfer bans.

But Chelsea are understood to have made the admission to the league when the amnesty period was in place.

It was designed by the Premier League to admit rule-breaking so that new strategies could be put in place to prevent repeats in the future.

When the leaks were exposed in Denmark last year, Sten Christensen said: "It sounds like a story you have got from someone in Ukraine or something like that. I have no comment whatsoever. You'll have to ask Chelsea about that.

"That is not something I want to discuss. That's the way it is. If you want to use information hacked from Chelsea then go ahead."

A Chelsea statement added: "We do not comment on speculation about confidential contracts or player-related cases."

It appears, therefore, that this is a let off for Chelsea after they were handed a two-window transfer ban by Fifa over rule breaches regarding signing under-18s from abroad.

Part of that investigation uncovered a payment from Chelsea to Bertrand Traore’s mum in April 2011 in order to gain first refusal on signing the attacker.

Christensen, who has 23 caps for Denmark, has made 19 appearances for Chelsea's first team this season, but more than half of those have come in Europa League and just three in the Premier League.

He signed a four-and-a-half-year contract extension last January to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

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