FIFA threatens to ban Switzerland over Sion case

FIFA has threatened to suspend Switzerland from world football

if its national association does not discipline litigious club FC

Sion by Jan. 13.

If the suspension took effect, Swiss champion FC Basel would be

prevented from playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League round

of 16 in February.

Basel advanced ahead of Manchester United, which would logically

be reinstated.

Sion has breached football’s rules by launching a series of

civil court actions against UEFA since being expelled from the

Europa League last month for fielding ineligible players.

FIFA says Sion has acted in a ”legally abusive manner.”

FIFA on Saturday ordered Switzerland’s Football Association to

enforce a ban on registering six Sion players signed during a

transfer embargo.