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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.

UEFA: Sion lose appeal as Celtic look ahead to Europa League

Posted in European Football by peterbein on September 13, 2011

European football’s governing body UEFA has decided against allowing Swiss club FC Sion back into the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League, thus maintaining Glasgow Celtic’s place in Group I of the competition which begins this Thursday.

UEFA badgeFC Sion qualified for this season’s competition following an aggregate victory against the Scottish giants in the Play-Off round but were subsequently expelled following a protest from the Parkhead club who claimed that a number of the Swiss club’s players were ineligible.

FC Sion, last season’s Swiss Cup winners, lodged an appeal through a civil court case in Switzerland which found in the club’s favour. However the Swiss court’s judgement has had no impact upon UEFA’s final decision and means that Celtic can finally look forward to the opening game of the group stages against 2009-10 UEFA Europa League winners Atlético Madrid to be played in the Spanish capital on Thursday.

FC Sion, meanwhile, are considering further action and could take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.