FC Zurich and Young Boys - two
of Switzerland's biggest clubs - are among four top-flight teams
who have been refused a licence to compete in the country's
first division next season, the league said on Monday.
Sion, deducted 36 points this season in a legal row, and
financially-troubled Servette Geneva were also turned down in
the first instance as the league got tough following a year
which saw Neuchatel Xamax kicked out of the championship.
The clubs have five days in which to appeal. Seven second
division clubs also had applications refused.
"For reasons of infrastructure and finance, the Swiss
Football League's licensing department has not granted the
request for four Super League clubs," the league said in a
"The commission has applied strict criteria, due to the
experience of the past seasons. The budgets for the 2012/13
season have been examined from every angle."
FC Zurich have been Swiss champions 12 times and twice
reached the semi-finals of the old European Cup while Young Boys
have won the domestic title 11 times and reached the European
Cup semi-finals in 1959.
Young Boys, coached by former Tottenham Hotspur manager
Christian Gross, are third this term which would earn them a
place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
"In most cases, the refusals are due mainly for failing to
meet financial criteria," said the league's statement, without
going into further detail.
Switzerland, famous for its organisation, is the home of
world governing body FIFA and European equivalent UEFA but its
domestic football has endured a chaotic year with the problems
centered around Sion and Neuchatel Xamax.
Sion were deducted 36 points for fielding ineligible players
who they had signed during the close season while being subject
to a transfer ban.
The case took on international dimensions when they fielded
some of the players in a Europe League qualifying match and were
thrown out of the competition.
The club then defied UEFA and FIFA statutes by taking their
case to the Swiss civil courts, prompting the threat of an
international ban for the country's football federation.
Neuchatel Xamax were expelled from the league in January
over a number of irregularities including the suspicion that
Russian-born owner Bulat Chagaev had forged a letter from a bank
which he used as proof of his financial situation.
Chagaev, subsequently arrested and placed in custody on
charges of financial mismanagement, had only taken over the club
eight months earlier.
In that time, he fired four coaches, the club's
administrative staff and terminated all sponsorship contracts.
Seventeen-times Swiss champions Servette filed for
bankruptcy on March 1.
Since then the club has been sold to Canadian businessman
Hugh Quennec, who is desperately trying to raise enough cash to
keep the club afloat.
There was more confusion on Sunday when FC Basel effectively
won this season's championship but refused to celebrate.
Basel took an unassailable 16-point lead over FC Luzern, who
have gone to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) over the
league's refusal to award them two extra points from a drawn
match against Sion and their ineligible players.
Basel said they would only recognise the title if Luzern
could not catch them even with the addition of the two points.
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