Galatasaray given European ban for Financial Fair Play breach

Turkish record champions Galatasaray have been given a one-year ban from European football for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, governing body UEFA said Wednesday.

Galatasaray "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)," UEFA said on its website.

In addition, the "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)."

Currently Galatasaray sit fifth in the Turkish league, outwith the places which would earn a Champions League or Europa League spot next term.

Galatasaray were one of the first clubs sanctioned by UEFA with a fine in 2014 for FFP breaches. At the same time, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain punished by having their squads capped for their Champions League campaigns.

UEFA's executive committee approved FFP rules in September 2009 in a bid to stop clubs making repeated and heavy losses in pursuit of success.

Last update: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:54

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