Dynamo Moscow banned from Europa League for Financial Fair Play violations

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After reaching the round of 16 in the Europa League this season, Dynamo Moscow has been handed a one-year ban from the competition for breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.

The club had qualified by finishing fourth in the Russian Premier League.

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UEFA’s Financial Fair Play was designed to limit clubs from spending more than they make, and Dynamo president Boris Rotenberg said he had expected a punishment to be handed down.

In a statement on the club’s website from Rotenberg:

I can’t say that we were particularly surprised by UEFA’s ruling.

Discussion about financial fair play did not start today or yesterday. This is why during the winter, we did not sign one new player, which had an effect on Dynamo’s performance in the spring part of the championship.

I am sure that even if we cut our spending, Dynamo will be able to fight for the top positions. I am sure next summer that we will be able to qualify for Europe.”

While the ban from European competition will reduce Dynamo’s revenue from television deals and other incentives, UEFA did not place any additional financial restrictions or transfer bans on the club.

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The club’s position in the Europa League will likely be handed to Rubin Kazan, who finished in fifth place in Russia’s top flight, two points behind Dynamo. However, UEFA is yet to make a statement regarding that possibility.