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Vitesse is punished with a loss of 18 points and drops to the Dutch second division

Vitesse is punished with a loss of 18 points and drops to the Dutch second division

Vitesse Arnhem, who were deducted 18 points for violating licensing rules, will be relegated to the Dutch second division at the end of the season, according to the Dutch Football Association.

The club, which announced that it will not appeal the sanction, is Eredivisiethe country’s first division, for 35 years and regularly qualifies for European tournaments.

“It’s a dark day, but it’s the harsh reality,” declared Edwin Reijntjes, interim director of the Dutch club, who provisionally maintains his license and could remain professional next season.

“A sanction like this was inevitable, but we are pleased with the possibility we were offered by being able to maintain our license. The club wants to focus on maintaining its license. An appeal would not help,” said the Dutch team.

Last placed in the championship with 17 points in 30 rounds, Vitesse is now in the negative (-1 point) with four rounds to go before the end of the championship, so mathematically it can no longer remain in the first division.

In February, the licensing committee opposed the purchase of Vitesse by the American investment group Common Group and imposed a fine of 100,000 euros (around R$555,000 at current prices) on the club.


Source: Gazetaesportiva

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