UEFA have handed Trabzonspor a one-season ban from European football competition for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.
UEFA disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that the Turkish club had failed to meet the conditions of a 2016 settlement agreement which required them to be ‘break-even compliant’.
The European football governing body explained that the ban would be applied if Trabzonspor qualified for the Champions League or Europa League in either of the next two campaigns.
The statement read: “On 5 July 2019, the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Adjudicatory Chamber determined that Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR) failed to be break-even compliant as required by a settlement agreement, which it entered into on 20 May 2016 and sanctioned the club with a conditional exclusion from participating in one (1) UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons,” UEFA said in a statement.
“The sanction would not take effect if the club fulfilled certain conditions, including meeting a target with respect to its financial results for the 2019 financial year.
“The CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has now determined that Trabzonspor AŞ failed to meet the target fixed for the 2019 financial year.
“As a result, the CFCB Adjudicatory Chamber has ordered that the club be excluded from participating in one (1) UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.”
Meanwhile, Trabzonspor has since confirmed in a statement on its official website that the club will appeal.
Trabzonspor have not played since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are level on points with Istanbul Basaksehir on the Super Lig table with eight matches remaining to conclude the 2019-20 season.