Sion docked 36 points

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Sion yesterday described the decision of the Swiss Football Association (SFV) to dock them 36 points for fielding ineligible players as a "cowardly act".

The SFV had been threatened with expulsion from all competitions by Fifa if it failed to punish member club Sion, who were kicked out of the Europa League by Uefa earlier this season after fielding players they had signed during a transfer embargo imposed by Fifa in 2009.

Fifa would have imposed a blanket ban on Swiss football if action was not taken by 13 January. Sion have been docked three points for each of the 12 matches in which any of the six ineligible players appeared.