FIFA CRACKS DOWN ON TPO WITH FINES FOR SEVILLA, SANTOS AND FC TWENTE

This photo taken on October 8, 2015 in Zurich shows the entrance sign with the logo at the FIFA world headquarters. FIFA's ethics watchdog on Thursday suspended the two most powerful men in football, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, for 90 days in a sensational new blow to the sport's scandal-tainted governing body. Issa Hiyatou head of the Confederation of African Football, a Blatter ally, was put in charge of the multi-billion dollar body. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

FIFA have stepped up the battle against third-party ownership by sanctioning four clubs, including Europa League champions Sevilla, for breaching rules over players’ economic rights.

TPO has been banned by FIFA since May last year but some Latin footballing nations who  have long claimed they rely on the practise for their stability have been slow to comply.

Sevilla have been fined SFr55,000 ($57,00) while famed Brazilian outfit Santos, Neymar’s former club, have been fined SFr75,000 ($78,000). Both clubs have also been given warnings, while Holland’s FC Twente and Belgian side Sint-Truidense V.V. have also been fined SFr185,000 ($192,000) and SFr60,000 ($62,000) respectively.

Reports in Brazil suggested Santos, former world and South American champions, had been punished as a direct result of an investigation into the sale of Neymar to Barcelona which apparently involved two marketing groups.

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