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Dutch Soccer Team Banned From European Competition Until 2019

  • FC Twente sanctioned over contracts with Malta's Doyen Sports
  • Netherlands soccer federation also threatens to revoke license

The Netherlands’ FC Twente has been banned from European competition for three seasons because its contracts with investment fund Doyen Sports broke longstanding international soccer rules.

The club won’t appeal the Dutch soccer federation’s sanctions, it said in a statement on its website. It also agreed to cooperate with an independent investigation into its financing under the threat of losing its soccer license, and to pay a fine of 45,250 euros ($49,454).