Twente fined, given 3-year Europe ban
AMSTERDAM • Twente Enschede have been banned from European competition for three seasons and fined €45,250 (S$69,730) after being found guilty of contravening conditions of their operating licence, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Tuesday.
The Dutch league side had faced the prospect of a ban from all professional football in the Netherlands if their licence had been withdrawn entirely, but the country's licensing committee has granted the club a reprieve with a suspended sentence.
Club president Aldo van der Laan resigned after leaked documents suggested the team had entered into an agreement with investment company Doyen Sports that contravened KNVB rules.
It reportedly allowed the investors, who injected €5 million in exchange for the transfer rights of seven players, to have a say in Twente's transfer dealings, against international football rules.
Ryan named Player of the Year for Australia
SYDNEY • Valencia goalkeeper Mat Ryan has capped a stellar season by being voted Player of the Year by his fellow professionals in Australia.
The 23-year-old beat fellow Aussies, including Tim Cahill, to be named Professional Footballers Australia Footballer of the Year.
Salford City's FA Cup dreams end with loss
LONDON • Salford City's FA Cup dream came to an end with a 0-2 extra-time loss to Hartlepool in their second-round replay.
Salford, the non-league side co-owned by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and five former Manchester United greats, lost to a Scott Fenwick headed goal in extra-time with a Mikael Mandron volley clinching victory for Hartlepool.