UEFA hits Swiss club FC Sion with two-season ban

European football governing body UEFA has banned Swiss club FC sion after they failed to pay for the transfer of a player. In addition to Sion, UEFA has also banned three other clubs for breaching financial rules.

football Updated: Apr 17, 2018 14:49 IST
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FC Sion will not be able to participate in European competitions after UEFA banned the club for financial breaches.(Reuters)

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 football’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.

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

The club figures in ninth place -- second-to-last -- in the Swiss championships just a week before it wraps up, and is unlikely to qualify for the Europa League next season.

UEFA also slapped penalties on three other clubs for breaching licensing rules.

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Kazakh club FC Irtysh were hit with a 440,000 euro fine and three-season ban from European competition, although it said the penalty was suspended.

And UEFA said it had withheld 215,000 euros in Europa League participation bonuses from Serbian club FC Vojvodina and Albanian club KF Tirana.

First Published: Apr 17, 2018 14:49 IST