OKAN UDO – Bursaspor faces UEFA ban over unpaid transfer fees

Bursaspor faces UEFA ban over unpaid transfer feesEuropean football governing body UEFA has banned Turkeyand#39s Spor Toto Super League side Bursaspor from all its competitions for one year over what it called andldquooverdue payables.andrdquo Lithuanian side FK Ekranas, Romanian clubs CFR 1907 Cluj and FC Astra Giurgiu are the other teams that have also been slapped with bans.

It is worth noting that UEFA had banned Turkish clubs BeIiktaI, Gaziantepspor and Bursaspor in May 2012 from European competitions for one year due to financial problems.Bursa, the 2009-10 Turkish champion, had been banned for failing to pay outstanding transfer fees dating back to the 2007-2008 season to Zambian forward Colins MbesumaThe Bursa club took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the ban was lifted in June of that same year UEFA was hopping mad at the time and expressed andldquodisappointment and surpriseandrdquo in June 2012 at the CAS decision clearing Bursaspor to take part in the Europa League the following season.

The statement banning Bursaspor that was posted on the UEFA website on Monday read as follows: andldquoThe UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Josandeacute Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, has taken decisions in the cases of four clubs [including Bursaspor] that had been referred to it by the acting CFCB chief investigator, due to the presence of overdue payables balances.andrdquoSpelling out the decision to ban Bursaspor, the statement said: andldquoThe suspended exclusion imposed by the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in 2012 comes into effect and Bursaspor is therefore excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next four seasons (i.

e, 201516, 201617, 201718 and 201819).andrdquoThe statement further stated that andldquothe CFCB adjudicatory chamber has now imposed on Bursaspor a further exclusion (i.

e, for a different season to the season in which the abovementioned immediate exclusion applies) from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next four seasons (i.e, 201516, 201617, 201718 and 201819).

This new exclusion applies unless the club is able to prove by 31 January 2015 that the amounts that were identified as overdue payables on 30 September 2014 have been paid.andldquoThe club has also been fined 100,000 euros, half of which is suspended and will only fall due if the club is not able to prove by the abovementioned deadline that it has paid the above amount of overdue payables.

andrdquoBursaspor Chairman Recep BlukbaII, who refused to take the ban lying down, said the club has launched an appeal with CAS. andldquoWe have presented our letter of appeal to CAS and have also called for a hearing.

The process is still ongoing,andrdquo he said.Many other Turkish teams, even the big ones, are in dire financial straits and unless the governors of football in this country take immediate steps to remedy the situation, more UEFA bans may be lying in store.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman