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Published: 15:01 | 2/3/16

Galatasaray banned from European football


Galatasaray have been banned from European club competitions for one season for breaching UEFA's financial fair play regulations.

The terms of the suspension mean the Turkish club will be excluded from the Champions League or Europa League if they qualify this season or next, although they are currently fifth in Turkey's Super League, which is outside the qualifying places for European football.

Having failed to meet UEFA's break-even requirements for the 2015-16 season, the club were referred to the governing body's adjudicatory chamber in January, resulting in the one-season suspension.

"The Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) today announced that Galatasaray AS will be excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which they would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons (i.e. the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons)," a statement from UEFA read.

"This decision was taken after Galatasaray failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement that it entered with the CFCB chief investigator in May 2014 under Article 15 of the procedural rules governing the UEFA CFCB.

"The Turkish club has also been ordered to limit the overall aggregate cost of the employee benefits expenses of all its players in each of the next two reporting periods (i.e. the reporting period ending in 2016 and the reporting period ending in 2017)."

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