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The Premier League deducts nine points from Portsmouth because the club, which is insolvent, is to go into administration. Portsmouth previously had 19 points, but now has only 10, 14 less than 19th-placed Hull. The deduction therefore virtually guarantees that Portsmouth will be one of the three teams relegated to the second tier of English football when the season ends in two months’ time. A Premier League statement says, “Following the High Court’s decision that Portsmouth FC’s administration is valid, the Premier League board convened today to apply the League’s rules and policies in relation to a member club suffering an event of insolvency.” Portsmouth’s debts are said to be around £65m. [Daily Telegraph, 3/17/2010]

Entity Tags: Portsmouth F.C., Premier League

Timeline Tags: Football Business and Politics

The Serie A disciplinary committee deducts two points from Bologna after the football club again fails to pay its players’ wages. In addition, club president Sergio Porcedda is suspended for six months and chief executive Silvino Marras for two months and 20 days. The previous month, Bologna was docked one point for failing to pay players’ wages in May and June. The points deduction means Bolonga falls from 10th to 15th in the league, and is now only four points clear of the relegation zone. [SoccerNews(.com), 1/14/2011]

Entity Tags: Bologna Football Club 1909 SpA, Silvino Marras, Sergio Porcedda

Timeline Tags: Football Business and Politics

The Swiss FA deducts 36 points from FC Sion because the club fielded what it deems to be ineligible players in 12 matches. The move comes as a part of a long-running dispute between the club and various football authorities (see April 16, 2009), following a threat from FIFA that if the Swiss FA did not do so, all Swiss teams would be suspended from international competition (see December 17, 2011). The players are ineligible as they were signed during a transfer embargo imposed after Sion signed an Egyptian goalkeeper despite him being under contract to another club. Three points are deducted for each domestic league or cup game in which one of six ineligible players was fielded. The deduction leaves Sion bottom of the Swiss first division with a points total of minus five. According to the Swiss FA, Sion may appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. [BBC, 12/30/2011]

Entity Tags: Swiss Football Association, FC Sion

Timeline Tags: Football Business and Politics

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