Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Galatasaray banned from Europe for two years

02 March 2016, 20:39

Nyon - UEFA on Wednesday banned Turkish champions Galatasaray from European competitions for two years for breaching spending rules.

The UEFA club financial control adjudicatory chamber ordered the ban after Galatasaray "failed to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement" made with the European body in May 2014, said a statement.

Galatasaray have spent heavily in recent years to buy the likes of Germany's World Cup winner Lukas Podolski and Dutch star Wesley Sneijder. They have also been ordered to cut back on wages.

But UEFA referred the case to its tribunal in January after Galatasaray did not balance its budget for the 2015-2016 season as promised.

The European body said the punishment would cover the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons.

Also read: John Ogu’s teammate wants Eagles call-up

"The Turkish club has also been ordered to limit the overall aggregate cost of employee benefits expenses of all of its players in each of the next two reporting periods" for 2016 and 2017, UEFA said.

Galatasaray, who failed to get beyond the Champions League first round group this season and went out of the Europa League to Roma last week, said it hoped to be back in European competition after one year.

The team are having a poor Turkish Super Lig campaign and are currently in fifth place, outside even a chance to play in the Europa League next year.

Coach Mustafa Denizli resigned on Tuesday after just three months in the job.

"We will have to evaluate this very carefully," Galatasaray general secretary Fatih Isbecer told the DHA news agency after the decision was announced.

"We need to pay our penalty after winning the right this year to compete in Europe.

"We will continue to save money with our revised rationalisation plan. And in a year's time we will again get ready our plan to be in the Champions League (for 2017/18). There is no need to be too pessimistic."

UEFA implemented its financial fair play rules in 2011 in a bid to force clubs to balance their books. Every club in European competition is assessed and bans are the toughest sanction.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...