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Switzerland: FC Sion deducted 36 points in Swiss League

Posted in European Football by peterbein on December 30, 2011

FC Sion logoSwiss side FC Sion have been docked 36 points by their national federation, the Schweizer Fussball Verband. The deduction came into force with the club losing three points for every game which featured any of six ineligible players – namely Stefan Glarner, Pascal Feindouno, José Julio Gomes Gonçalves, Billy Ketkeophomphone, Mario Mutsch und Gabriel Garcia de la Tore – in the country’s Axpo Super League.

This means that the club, who are already in the midst of a bitter dispute with European football’s governing body UEFA and world football’s governing body FIFA over this issue, will drop from third place in the current league campaign to rock bottom with their points total dropping from thirty one to minus five. This leaves FC Sion a massive sixteen points behind eleventh placed FC Lausanne and almost certainly will confine the club to relegation.

Swiss football is currently in the mire as FC Sion have already been involved in a lengthy legal process in trying to overturn their expulsion from this season’s UEFA Europa League. As a result of the continued wrangling FIFA has threatened to expel all Swiss clubs and the national team from international competition if the situation isn’t resolved by January 13th.