Dutch club fined by deducting 18 points because of Roman Abramovich

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The Vitesse team from the Netherlands received a penalty of 18 deducted points and will play in the Second League in their country next season.

The reason for this decision is the licensing problems, that is, the presentation of unrealistic reports on the financing of the club. The commission concluded that the club was still controlled by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich was suspended from European football in 2022 due to the sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. The financing of Vitesse violates those sanctions, so the Dutch club has been fined.

In the past, Vitesse was one of Chelsea's branches and young footballers who could not fight for more serious playing time with the "blues" were sent to this club. Even without the penalty, Vitesse was at the bottom of the table, and now it has -1 point and has no chance of survival.

Thus, for the first time in 35 years, the club will be relegated to a lower rank. Management has announced that the club does not plan to appeal.

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