Sion docked 36 points by Swiss FA

FC Sion docked 36 points after FIFA threaten to boot out Switzerland

Swiss top flight club FC Sion have been docked an astonishing 36 points by the country”s FA over a row that dates back to the club”s expulsion from the Europa League.

The SFV”s decision ruins any slim hopes Manchester United had of reinstatement to the Champions League.

It comes a fortnight after FIFA threatened to suspend Switzerland if Sion were not punished for fielding six ineligable players who were signed in the summer when the club was subject to a transfer ban.

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Sion had also defied FIFA and UEFA statutes by taking their case to the civil courts, at one stage forcing UEFA president Michel Platini to give explanations to a Swiss prosecutor.

“This points deduction is to punish the illegal behaviour of FC Sion, also contrary to the statutes and rules, by illegitimately getting around the transfer ban imposed by FIFAand fielding non-eligible players,” the SFV said in a statement.

FIFA”s executive committee had given the Swiss FA a deadline of January 13 to follow its instructions or facea ban which would also result in FC Basel being expelled from the Champions League.

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The SFV said it had deducted three points for each of the 12 games in which Sion had fielded any of the sixplayers, leaving the team bottom of the league with minus five points and almost certainly condemning them relegation.

However, it stopped short of FIFA”s demand that Sion be punished with 3-0 defeats, saying this would have resulted in other teams being awarded points, distorting the championship.

The case began when Sion signed Stefan Glarner, Jose Goncalves, Mario Mutsch, Pascal Feindouno, Billy Ketkeophomphone and Gabri despite being banned from doing so after FIFA found them guilty of poaching a player from an Egyptian club in 2008.