UEFA hits Swiss club with twosea­son ban

Global Times - - Sports -

Swiss club FC Sion have been fined and barred from tak­ing part in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions for the next two sea­sons af­ter fail­ing to pay for the trans­fer of a player, UEFA said Tues­day.

“The club is ex­cluded from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the next UEFA club com­pe­ti­tion for which it would oth­er­wise qual­ify in the next two sea­sons,” Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body said in a state­ment. It added that the Swiss club had also been fined 235,000 eu­ros ($292,000).

The case in­volves a 950,000 euro debt FC Sion had failed to pay on time to French club Sochaux in a dis­puted trans­fer of Ghana­ian player Ish­mael Yartey.

The amount, which had been due in March last year, was fi­nally paid three months late, UEFA said.

FC Sion were slapped for the “non-ful­fil­ment of the club li­cenc­ing cri­te­ria de­fined in the UEFA Club Li­cens­ing and Fi­nan­cial Fair Play Reg­u­la­tions.”

FC Sion, which are headed by Chris­tian Con­stantin who fa­mously as­saulted a tele­vi­sion pun­dit on air in Septem­ber, was elim­i­nated this sea­son by Lithua­nia’s FK Suduva dur­ing the third qual­i­fy­ing round of the Europa League.

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