Hungary federation bans Ferencvaros

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Ferencvaros was banned from playing in international competitions and fined by Hungary's soccer federation on Tuesday

Budapest:

Ferencvaros was banned from playing in international competitions and fined by Hungary's soccer federation on Tuesday for appealing its relegation in a civilian court. The Hungarian Football Association's disciplinary board banned the second division club from participating in "all international matches and programs'' - likely to include friendly tournaments - until June 30, 2007. The club was also fined 25 million forints. Ferencvaros, the winner of 28 Hungarian league titles, finished sixth in the first division last season and failed to qualify for the UEFA Cup. It last won the championship in 2004. The fine must be paid within three days after Ferencvaros has exhausted all appeals or the team will lose three points in every game it plays. Ruling contested In July, Ferencvaros was denied a license to compete in Hungary's top division because of tax debts and unpaid salaries. Involving a civilian court to contest that ruling was in contradiction of UEFA and FIFA regulations, as well as its own rules, the federation said. "We were deeply stunned and outraged by the disciplinary board's illegal decision,'' Ferencvaros president Zsolt Damosy said in a statement. Damosy said the federation's domestic regulations were unclear on the issue of a court's involvement. If the ruling is upheld on appeal, the club will take its case to the national Permanent Court of Sport, Damosy said. An initial ruling in September by the Budapest City Court found that the federation did not have the right to decide on licensing matters. However, it also ruled that Ferencvaros still did not possess a first-division license. The federation has appealed the ruling.(AP)

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