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UEFA bans Swiss club Sion for 1 season over transfer debt

AFP  |  Nyon (Switzerland) 

has banned Swiss club from its competitions for one season over a debt, and fined three clubs for breaking licensing rules.

is barred from its next or qualification on merit in the next two seasons, said in announcing the verdicts of judges from its on Monday.

The case involved a 950,000 euros debt to in the disputed of Ghanaian forward said the debt was paid during the last off season.

UEFA also fined the 235,000 euros ($290,000) prize money earned by playing in one qualifying round of this season's Europa League, where it was eliminated by Suduva Marijampole of Sion lies ninth in the and unlikely to qualify for the next

The Swiss club can appeal to the UEFA said the panel also fined Irtysh of 440,000 euros and put the club on three years' probation.

Vojvodina of and Tirana of were each fined the 215,000 euros they earned from qualifying rounds.

UEFA's licensing system requires club operations to be evaluated by national federations who must approve a license before formally entering a team to play in the or Europa League.

UEFA can intervene to block club entries due to incorrect paperwork or unpaid debts including salaries, fees owed to other clubs, and taxes.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 14:10 IST